By Dave Andrusko
A new Wall Street Journal poll found just 41% approve of President Biden’s job performance, with 57% expressing disapproval. In addition, “More voters say they would back a Republican than a Democrat for Congress, 44% to 41%, if the election were held today,” according to Aaron Zitner. With his job approval 16 points underwater, it suggests “that the president’s power to boost support for other Democrats, as of now, is limited.”
And not to be missed is that the all-important intensity factor is working strongly against Democrats. Guy Benson writes:
When it comes to intensity of sentiment, Biden’s predicament comes into even clearer focus. Just 19 percent of voters strongly approve of his performance, while 46 percent strongly disapprove. Biden is underwater by 16 points overall, but he’s in even worse shape among independent voters and those who say they’re undecided ahead of the 2022 midterms. Among those voters, he’s at (30/66) and (29/63), respectively. That’s abysmal. [Underlining added.]
With a look ahead to the 2022 and 2024 elections, party strategists and reporters are tracking the inroads Republicans have made with Hispanics. Zitner writes
One year after giving Democratic House candidates more than 60% of their vote, according to polls at the time, the Journal survey found that Hispanic voters are evenly split in their choice for Congress. Asked which party they would back if the election were today, 37% of Hispanic voters said they would support the Republican congressional candidate and 37% said they would favor the Democrat, with 22% undecided.
“This is also a bit of a ‘wow’ data point, ” Benson writes, “indicating that Republicans really are making serious gains among Hispanic voters.”