Democrats consider midterms as Biden’s approval rating drops

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A year into his term, President Joe Biden’s approval rating has fallen from 59% last summer to 43% according to a new Associated Press survey.

“The only president of the last ten presidents who had a lower approval rating at this point was Donald Trump who had 39% at this point, so Joe Biden should be concerned,” said Henry Brady, professor of political science at the University. ‘UC Berkeley.

Brady says President Biden has been able to make progress on parts of his agenda despite the challenges of the pandemic. Last year, his administration sent relief checks to families and saw a big rebound in the economy with a low unemployment rate of 3.9% and rapid growth.

“Biden pushed through some very important legislation. He pushed through the COVID Relief Act last March, which is about $1.9 trillion…then he pushed through the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure act. “Brady said.

But with the omicron variant’s spike in COVID cases, inflation, and the failure to pass voting rights bills and his “Build Back Better” proposal, President Biden faces criticism from Republicans and some progressive Democrats who say his program doesn’t go far enough.

“Biden tried to do really, really big things. And doing really, really big things when you have 50 people in the Senate is going to be almost impossible,” Brady said.

“I don’t think I overpromised and I’m going to stay that way,” President Biden said.

Biden says he will still fight to pass big chunks of the Reconstruction bill, a shift in strategy that could prove more productive for Democrats.

“The American public is in favor of lowering pharmaceutical costs, working to try to deal with climate change. The child tax credit, with universal preschool education,” Professor Brady said, “The problem is that they were trying to do it all at once. And it was going to be too expensive in the minds of some Democrats like Joe Manchin. And besides, it was a hard thing to sell because it wasn’t Wasn’t just one thing. It was a lot of things. I think if you break your focus on one or two things, say those are the things we’re gonna do. We’re gonna pay them. I bet they will.

In downtown Alameda, some voters expressed disappointment with President Biden’s first year.

“Now, I’m not going to lie, ‘I haven’t really seen any changes at the office that would be significant enough to meet my expectations,’ said Jacob Moore Taylor of San Lorenzo.

SEE ALSO: Biden’s 1st year in office: A look at the administration’s accomplishments, stumbles

“It’s been partisan for 6-8 years but it doesn’t seem to have gotten better and that was the great hope and the great promise that we saw with the election last year,” said Theresa Massie , co-owner of Park Street Wine Cellars

Others say they think he is doing his best in the face of Republican opposition.

“I think his intentions are good, but it’s hard to get through all that he can do with presidential power alone,” Kelsey Moffett said of Alameda.

President Biden has said he plans to spend more time getting his message out to the American people, which Democrats hope can help the party in the upcoming midterm elections as they face a possible loss of power. majority control in the House.

Jana Katsuyama is a reporter for KTVU. Email Jana at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @JanaKTVU or Facebook @NewsJana or ktvu.com.

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