President Biden’s sagging approval numbers are showing no signs of improving as 80% of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track.
From Fox News:
President Biden’s approval rating remains underwater and more than 80% of registered voters say the U.S. is on the wrong track, according to a Thursday poll from Monmouth University.
The Thursday poll found that Biden’s approval rating is sitting at 38%, with 57% disapproval. Those numbers are down from March when Biden had a 39% approval and 54% disapproval. Monmouth also found that just 18% of Americans say the country is on the right track.
The number of Americans who believe the country is on the right track has been in free fall since Biden took office, when 42% said it was on the right track compared to 51% who said it was on the wrong track.
The poll also found that abortion has entered center stage as an issue Americans are thinking about, with the poll being conducted after Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion potentially overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked to the media.
Asked what the single most important issue was, 26% of respondents chose the economy compared to 25% who chose abortion. Health care (16%) and immigration (14%) came next, issues that had previously dominated the minds of more voters.
But Patrick Murray, the director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, isn’t so sure that the increased interest in abortion will lead to a flood of Democratic voters to the polls in this year’s elections.
“Many Democrats are clearly focused on abortion as a driving factor in the midterm elections. However, what is not clear from this one poll is whether this issue is actually motivating voters who would not otherwise come out to vote this year,” Murray said of the poll results.
Republicans maintain a small lead in the poll’s congressional preference question, with 36% saying they want the GOP in control compared to 34% who indicated a preference for Democrats. When voters who lean one way or the other are added to the mix, Republicans come out on top with 48%, compared to 44% who prefer Democrats.
“Congressional party preference hasn’t moved a lot this year, but the issue picture may be coming into focus with the economy and abortion as the top considerations right now. The importance of abortion coincides with the Supreme Court leak, which means it is hard to tell whether we are seeing a temporary blip or something that will have a major impact in November,” Murray said.
The poll surveyed 807 Americans from May 5-9, with a margin of error of 3.5%.