Monday, May 29, 2023

Biden's Approval Rating Underwater in 40 States - Including New Mexico


President Joe Biden’s approval rating is underwater in 40 states, including New Mexico, according to new polling analysis from Morning Consult, a national polling and analysis firm.


“Perceptions of President Joe Biden’s job performance remain negative across most of the country, including in battlegrounds like Arizona and Georgia that were pivotal to his 2020 victory, marking a stubborn continuation of his standing a year ago as he prepares to launch a re-election campaign,” Eli Yokley of Morning Consult wrote in announcing the results.


Biden is the presumptive nominee for the Democratic party where no other serious contenders have emerged. Though Biden has not formally announced, he has strongly hinted that he will do so in the coming months. Multiple news outlets have reported that Biden sees himself as the strongest candidate to run against former President Donald Trump who is currently leading polling among Republican candidates, despite facing indictment in New York and potential additional indictments in Georgia and a federal investigation.


In New Mexico, the poll found that Biden’s net approval was 8-points under, meaning 8% more voters disapproved than approved of his job performance. That’s a 16-point swing from September 2021 when the president posted an 8-point net approval rating among New Mexicans.


“Biden’s state-by-state standing hasn’t changed much since the fall, when he saw a modest uptick in his approval in many states following a polling low point of his presidency last summer.  Biden’s static state-level approval reflects his approval rating nationally, which was 42% on March 31 — 2 percentage points below where it was on the final day of 2022”, according to Morning Consult’s daily tracking surveys.


Donald Trump left office with a dismal 34% net approval rating.


Democrats, for their part, see more opportunity for Biden to grow support as popular infrastructure projects funded by the Infrastructure Act passed by Democrats are rolled out in communities across the country. Toward that end, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visited New Mexico in early April to tout new funding for road repair and utility infrastructure repairs.


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