Following the release of several polls over the last couple of weeks showing President Joe Biden below 40% approval, several Democratic lawmakers and party officials have begun expressing doubt over whether Biden can, or should, run for re-election in 2024.
Democrat party loyalists are deathly concerned about a potential “red wave” in the upcoming midterm elections, and for good reason. Republicans currently have their largest generic ballot advantage in a decade.
“Democrats are like, what the hell is going on?” said Jasmine Crockett, a Democrat from Texas, who is running for a seat in the Texas House. “Our country is completely falling apart, and I think we’re lacking in excitement.”
The President’s poll numbers have been sinking for much of the past year thanks to a series of crises starting with the administration’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, record-high gas prices, and inflation.
Still, some Democrats are still trying to cover for Biden and pretend he’s been the leader the White House says he is. Obama Chief of Staff David Axelrod said Biden doesn’t get enough credit:
“Biden doesn’t get the credit he deserves for steering the country through the worst of the pandemic, passing historic legislation, pulling the NATO alliance together against Russian aggression and restoring decency and decorum to the White House,” Axelrod explained.
The latest polling data released yesterday on RealClearPolitics shows President Biden with an average approval rating hovering in a range from 37 percent to 41 percent, and an average disapproval rating sitting at 55 percent.
Biden has already announced his intentions to run for re-election in 2024, but if his poll numbers drop into the low 20s, it may force the party to pull support, as Republicans did with Nixon during Watergate.
During Watergate, Republicans pressured Richard Nixon to resign from office, much due to his approval rating dropping all the way down to 24 percent, becoming the first President to resign the office.
New data show a growing split inside the Democratic Party, as Biden’s support for re-election continues to slip and slide into the 30s.
According to the pollster Morning Consult, the President is underwater in polling data in a whopping 40 out of 50 states.
If the numbers continue to plunge for the President, Republicans will be as sure a bet as ever to take back both chambers of Congress
The President’s Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted last night, “to be clear, as the President has repeatedly said he plans to run in 2024.”
According to the Morning Consult polls, Biden remains in positive territory in California, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland, including a few more deep blue states. He is underwater in several important battleground states such as Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
Also among the states viewing Biden negatively is a new battleground in Virginia, an electoral prize once considered a long-term lock for the Democrats until Glenn Youngkin shocked the country and won the Commonwealth’s gubernatorial race.