That's the new headline approval number for President Biden, according to the results of the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, the first to be released since President Vladimir Putin sent Russian forces storming into Ukrainian territory. The poll dropped over the weekend, just in time for President Biden's big State of the Union Address tonight.
To be sure, the disaster in Ukraine is only the latest in a series of seemingly never-ending disasters, including surging inflationary pressures, and the US pullout from Afghanistan, have dogged the president during his first year in office. .
His approval rating has been sliding since last summer, as the headline numbers clearly show.
Here's what that looks like in chart form:
Source: ABC News
But it's not just Biden who should be worrying about the latest results. There's reason for all Democrats to be panicking ahead of the midterms.
The poll showed that if the American people had to pick today, they would hand control of Congress to the Republicans.
Source: ABC News
The poll reveals that the main "weakness” behind Biden’s falling approval rating is the doubts about his personal capacities, with 59% of people saying he wasn’t a strong leader compared to just 36% who said he was a strong leader, according to Summit News.
54% of Americans do not think Biden has the “mental sharpness” to serve as president, compared to 40% who say he does.
The public's confidence in his mental acuity has also fallen drastically over the past year.
“Biden seemed to have lost independents, a critical polling group, on this topic,” reports Breitbart. Some 59% of the independents gave the president’s mental sharpness a negative assessment, a rise of 13 percentage points since May 202
Interestingly, the poll also found that 55% of the public believed Biden had mishandled the Russia situation, with only 36% believing he is doing a good job.
None of that bodes well for the president, as he prepares to lay out his agenda for the coming year, while many rank and file Dems are still mourning the death of 'Build Back Better'.