According to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, President Joe Biden’s popularity has increased significantly since his low point this summer, but reservations about his management of the economy remain.
Support for Biden has risen from 36% in July to 45%, largely thanks to a surge in Democratic support just two months before the November midterm elections.
Democrats faced catastrophic losses versus Republicans over a few gloomy summer months when gasoline prices spiked, and Congress appeared divided.
Their prospects appear to be improving following a spate of legislative victories that have prompted more Americans to judge the Democratic president on his chosen terms: “Don’t compare me to the Almighty.” Contrast me with the alternative.”
The president’s approval rating remains low, with 53% of the American people disapproving of him, and the economy remains a source of concern for Biden.
As the country faces chronically high inflation and Republicans aim to make home finances the focus of the 2018 election, only 38% approve of his economic leadership.
Nonetheless, the poll indicates that Biden and his fellow Democrats are gaining ground as building voter enthusiasm and turnout takes precedence.
Even though inflation remains high, average gas prices have dropped 26% since June to $3.71 per gallon, relieving pressure on family budgets.
In addition, Congress enacted two landmark laws last month that could change the economy and reduce carbon emissions.
Republicans have also encountered opposition after the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade and the abortion rights it provided.
And Biden openly portrays former President Donald Trump as a fundamental threat to democracy, a charge that gained traction after an FBI investigation of Trump’s Florida property turned up classified government materials.
This confluence of events has earned Biden some praise among Democrats, even if Americans remain skeptical of his leadership.
As a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Biden’s approval rating did not rise above 40% in May, June, or July.
The president’s approval rating is now comparable to what it was in the first quarter of the year, but he continues to fall short of early highs.
Through the first six months of his presidency, his average approval rating in AP-NORC polling was 60%.
The recent surge in Biden’s popularity is driven by resurgent Democratic support, which had been waning in the early summer.
Democrats now approve of Biden’s job performance 78% of the time, up from 65% in July.
Democrats now approve of Biden on the economy 66% to 54%, up from 54% in June.