Each new week of President Joe Biden’s presidency brings a fresh disaster. This fact is beginning to show up in his poll numbers.
Biden’s disapproval rating in Iowa hovers at a whopping 62% among adults surveyed, according to The Hill. This is significant because of the role the state has traditionally played as a bellwether for national elections.
The Des Moines Register-Mediacom Iowa poll also reported that the president’s approval ratings were abysmally low with only 31% happy with the job Biden is doing. The president has beat out former President Donald Trump’s all-time low in the state of 35% approval in December 2017.
Back in June, Biden enjoyed a 43% approval rating and just a 52% disapproval among Iowa adults. However, now the president is facing many crises of his own making and it’s driving his popularity down.
The COVID-19 pandemic he’d promised to contain is still raging on as measures like mandatory vaccinations and continued mask recommendations still persist. Meanwhile, the political and humanitarian fallout continues from the haphazard and poorly planned U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Those specific issues drove Iowans polled to only 36% approval of the job he’s doing on the virus while 60% disapproved. On his handling of Afghanistan, 66% disapproved of the job he’s doing while only 22% approved.
Democrats will need momentum going into the 2022 midterm elections, and it doesn’t seem they’re faring well in Iowa which could indicate trouble nationally. They’re hoping to flip the seat of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) who has yet to announce his intentions to run again.
Biden will have to overcome all of these major blunders if he hopes to sway Congressional elections in his party’s favor next year. It doesn’t seem likely, however, as each new issue he attempts to tackle becomes another albatross around his neck.