(USA Features) President Joe Biden’s job approval has all but bottomed out in a key early primary battleground state and according to an analysis by a CNN political correspondent, the entire Democrat Party is taking notice.
“It’s the rare poll that makes an entire party sit up and take notice. The new Iowa poll is one of those polls,” Chris Cillizza wrote on Thursday regarding Biden’s 31% approval in Iowa.
“Just 31% of Iowans approved of how Joe Biden is handling his duties as president while a whopping 62% disapprove,” the analyst wrote.
“Biden’s disapproval number is below the lowest ever measured by ace pollster J. Ann Selzer for former presidents Donald Trump (35%) and Barack Obama (36%),” he added.
He added that the poll “should terrify” the president’s party.
“This is a bad poll for Joe Biden, and it’s playing out in everything that he touches right now,” Selzer told the Des Moines Register.
“Biden’s approval on pulling American troops out of Afghanistan stands at a meager 22%. Approval for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic is now just 36% among Iowans,” Cillizza continued.
He went on to say that the survey isn’t just “a blaring red alarm” for the president but is also a big0-time warning for “down-ballot Democrats” in Iowa and around the country “who will be running in the 2022 midterms.”
Cillizza noted further that Iowa isn’t the same swing-state it was in 2000 but Democrats still win there.
However, “if Biden’s numbers are anywhere close to this bad in other swing states — and districts — Democrats’ hopes of holding onto their very narrow three-seat House majority are somewhere close to nonexistent,” he noted.
Cillizza also cited the Gallup polling firm from 2018:
“In Gallup’s polling history, presidents with job approval ratings below 50% have seen their party lose 37 House seats, on average, in midterm elections. That compares with an average loss of 14 seats when presidents had approval ratings above 50%.”
There is some good news for Democrats though, Cillizza said.
“The best news out of this poll for Biden and Democrats is that it is September 2021, not September 2022. Which means that Biden — and the Democratic-controlled Congress — have time to turn his numbers around, likely by finding a way to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill and some sort of major budget proposal,” he added.