The latest polls out of Washington show that President Biden and his fellow Democrats are continuing to lose ground to the Republicans despite the president's first State of the Union Address and his recent ban on Russian oil imports.
According to WSJ's lastest poll numbers, just 42% of Americans said they approved of President Biden's performance in office, which was virtually unchanged from the previous WSJ poll in mid-November. That's also roughly in line with the Real Clear Politics average, which we'll get to later.
But on the question of who would win control of Congress in November if the vote were held today, the Republicans have a commanding lead at 46% to the Democrats 41% of respondents.
The president and his fellow Democrats are losing ground on other issues as well. Take COVID for example: a 16-percentage-point Democratic edge on which party would best handle the pandemic was down to 11 points, while a 9-percentage-point lead on education-related issues had fallen to just 5 percentage points.
On the issue of responsible stewardship for middle-class families, the 5-point advantage that Democrats enjoyed just four months ago has evaporated to zero.
Voters also gave Democrats poor marks for handling inflation and the economy, which 50% cited as the top issue they want the federal government to address. The Ukraine conflict was No. 2, with 25% of voters saying it was most important.
Inflation is also an issue where President Biden has seen his popularity erode. A majority of voters, 63%, said they disapproved of Biden’s handling of rising costs on everything from oil to consumer goods. It was the worst rating for Biden among six policy issues addressed in the poll.
More voters said that Republicans had a better plan to improve the economy, 45% to 37%, even though Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the party’s leaders in each chamber, have advanced few specific economic-policy proposals they would pursue if they controlled Congress.
However, the Real Clear Politics aggregate of all the major polls shows President Biden's headline approval rating has rebounded from its sub-40 percentage point lows.
Headline approval now stands at roughly 42.8%.