This Is Why Biden Is So Unpopular Now
Across the board, political scientists agree on this one point: Vice President Joe Biden is going through a rut at the moment. The president’s job approval ratings are sinking among crucial Democratic voter blocs like young people, Hispanics, and African Americans.
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The main causes are the 40-year high inflation and the recent surge in gas costs. And so does the pandemic, which is already in its third year of slow, steady progression. Despite early bipartisan praise for President Biden’s handling of the war, Russia’s horrific attack on Ukraine has not produced the kind of rally around the flag impact that American presidents normally enjoy in the earliest phases of a foreign crisis.
Analysts say it is now nearly difficult for any president to unify the country, making it impossible for Biden to fulfill a promise he made during his campaign. Douglas Kriner, a professor of government at Cornell mentioned that it’s mainly what we’re witnessing is the strength of polarization.”
All of this is bad news for Democrats going into the midterm elections in November, which were always going to be difficult for them. Since World War II, the party of the president has lost seats in the midterm elections virtually without fail. Democrats, who hold a razor-thin majority in both chambers of Congress at the moment, might lose control of the White House to an emboldened Republican opposition in January, thereby blocking all but the most critically important pieces of legislation.
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That could explain why Barack Obama, who hasn’t lived in the White House in five years, just moved back in. The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is a landmark piece of legislation that expanded health insurance coverage to millions of Americans. This year marks its 12th anniversary, and he was there to celebrate it. A tacit objective may have been to boost the fortunes of his unsuccessful ex-vice president. The presence of the gray-haired but still charismatic former president may have only helped to highlight the differences in approach between the two parties.