Joe Biden is in hot water with independent voters according to recent polls, despite winning over a slim majority of them in the 2020 election. It seems that these are the voters who will ultimately swing the election in the coming years, and Biden just isn’t making the cut with them. A Fox News poll found that only 37% of independent voters approve of the job he’s doing, while a staggering 62% disapprove. A CAPS-Harris poll showed similar results, with only 38% net approval amongst independents.
It’s no surprise that this disapproval comes in the midst of economic struggles – growth is slow, headwinds are everywhere, and inflation remains high. It’s widely predicted that a recession is on the horizon, and GDP growth in the first quarter fell below expectations. While Biden may boast about his economic tactics, Americans seem to largely disagree, as a Gallup poll found that 83% of Americans view the economy negatively. It’s clear that many Americans are indeed struggling, with many reporting seeing their savings dwindle or disappear altogether.
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With default looming, House Republicans have passed a bill to raise the debt ceiling while also proposing modest spending restraints. However, the White House has held firm in their refusal to negotiate, while Senate Democrats appear largely out of touch with reality. An issue advocacy nonprofit closely aligned with House Republicans is airing ads accusing Democrat House members of failing to “responsibly raise the debt ceiling,” and pointing out that many voters in battleground districts oppose raising the debt ceiling without cutting spending.
It remains to be seen what exactly will happen next, but it’s clear that the Biden presidency is in trouble amongst independent voters. Biden may need to re-evaluate his tactics if he wants to sway the voters who ultimately swing the elections in his favor.