Biden’s approval rating drops in poll ahead of midterms
Former Secretary of State and Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden has lost popularity in a new poll ahead of the midterms, but he’s not seen as a poor campaigner.
CNN/ORC polls out Monday of the first week of the U.S. presidential campaign found that Biden had a 15 percent approval rating in the survey, well below the 40 percent average in the field. The survey also shows that 47 percent have unfavorable views of Biden, compared to 33 percent with positive impressions.
Biden’s numbers aren’t much different in a new Fox News poll that shows Biden has an 18 percent approval rating in the field, which doesn’t surprise former Trump staffer and CNN analyst Sara Fagen.
“He’s been losing ground. One would expect that from a weak poll,” she told “Outnumbered Overtime” on Monday.
Biden has made gains in the field, though. In the RealClearPolitics average of polls of the campaign, the former vice president’s approval rating is currently at 27 percent, while he is viewed unfavorably by 37 percent of voters, which is far behind President Trump’s 51 percent unfavorability rating.
The CNN/ORC poll found that Trump’s unfavorable rating is up, to 51 percent from 41 percent in the previous poll. The CNN/ORC poll was conducted September 20-22 among 750 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points. The Fox/YouGov poll, which was conducted September 19-21 among 1,001 respondents had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.
Biden’s campaign, meanwhile, has a new national poll out on Monday, as well as a Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation poll taken the same day that showed Biden leading the pack with 26 percent support in the CNN/ORC poll and 38 percent support in the Fox/YouGov poll.
In the Post/Kaiser poll, Biden led the pack with 26 percent support, along with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at 21 percent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at 19 percent, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) at 15 percent. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) had 5 percent