The writing has been on the wall for Democrats for some time now, with President Joe Biden's approval ratings dropping close to basement levels (freefalling after the Afghanistan debacle) and Congress' approval among a majority of voters being even worse.
But new numbers out from Gallup Polls show a rather startling statistic that is going to keep Joe Biden or, rather, his handlers up late at night trying to figure out ways to overcome. One key bit of data from the poll shows that support among Democrats for the Democrat-controlled Congress has dropped from 55% last month to 33% just one month later:
— GallupNews (@GallupNews) October 26, 2021
A 22 percent drop. Among Democrats. Wowsers. No doubt the sirens are blaring big time at Biden HQ today.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the big issue here for Democrat voters is their party's failure to get the reconciliation and infrastructure bills passed after months of frantic back and forth negotiations, even though they control the House and have a razor-thin edge in the Senate.
It could be that if and when these bills get passed, support for the Democrat Congress among Democrats will rebound, but even so, the dye has been cast as even Democrats are now seeing that Joe Biden for all his promises of unity and bipartisanship and getting things done or whatever has proven to be an ineffective “leader” in bringing the warring factions even in his own party together.
But let's say Biden and Congressional Dems are able to get it together and do a good job of shoring up their base ahead of the 2022 midterms. There is still the big issue of independent voters and their disapproval for Joe Biden, his party, and their handling of things, as indicated by this data point from a recent Fox News poll we reported on:
The President’s numbers among independents on the economy are in near free-fall pic.twitter.com/uGr8aLW1sr
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) October 20, 2021
As 538 noted last week, the receipts on the cratering support for Joe Biden and the Democrats among independent voters – and Hispanic voters as well, they note – don't lie:
Over his first nine months in office, President Biden has lost support among Americans of all stripes — men and women, Black voters and white voters, Zoomers and Baby Boomers. Even Democrats writ large are more disenchanted. But two groups with whom Biden has lost support stand out: independents and Hispanics. Independents have soured on Biden to the extent that his approval ratings among this group approach the strongly negative ratings they gave then-President Donald Trump at the same point in his presidency, while increased disapproval of Biden among Hispanics could signal they are moving further away from Democrats after they shifted somewhat toward Trump and the GOP last November.
Needless to say, it's bad when you're losing support among your core constituencies. But losing it among your own base, too? Not good. I mean if your own party can't get things done when they control the House, Senate, and the White House, then why bother to show up? Rest assured that that will be the mindset for some going into next fall's elections, although to what extent remains to be seen.
Simply put, unless they reverse course, a disaster is in the making for Democrats in 2022 thanks in large part to Joe Biden, a man who even his supporters are starting to realize is not the rescuer in chief he promised to be.