January 2023 \ World News \ International News

Contrary to popular belief and Donald Trump's inflation propaganda, US President Joe Biden has seen his approval rating hit a record high soon after the November midterms elections to the Senate and the House in which he managed to stem the Republican 'tirade' of high living costs, limiting losses in the House, preventing a 'Red Tsunami' and stoically defend his economic programs.



"Biden's increase in approval appears to be driven by women voters. Since July, women voters' approval of the President has jumped 10 points, from 39 per cent to 49 per cent," Executive Director of Emerson College Polling Spencer Kimball said.


Anger amongst women voters over the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade was a key factor in the midterm elections voting patterns as Biden emerged popular with his Executive Order allowing women to travel to different states and even overseas to get abortions done. Obviously, they related to aborting a foetus borne out of rape, incest and malformation or abnormality.


Biden's approval ratings appear directly proportional to the reactions against the Supreme Court ruling. The President's approval rating is the highest since December, and support for him finally recovered after sliding to 36 per cent in July early this year. A large part of the rebound was due to increased support from his own party, the Post said.


When gas prices touched a record high of $5 to $6 a gallon and groceries prices went soaring as inflation went through the roof hitting a 40 year high of 13 per cent, Republicans seemed to take the initiative out of the Democrats campaign of threats to democracy (January 6 Capitol Hill insurrection), and the steam out of Biden's series of economic legislations benefitting the middle class from lowering costs of health care, capping the prices of drugs such as insulin, CHIPS legislation that promised to generate more employment, and waiver of student loans below incomes of families earning less than 125,000 dollars a year.


Media reports say that Biden has seen a series of positive polls in late November and early December as a Politico-Morning Consult post November midterm survey found that 46 per cent of all the respondents said they approved of Biden's performance. However, in a Quinnipiac University poll, Americans were asked about President Biden's - handling of Covid-19: 50 per cent approve, 45 percent disapprove, Climate change: 44 per cent approve, 49 percent disapprove, Foreign Policy: 38 percent approve, 54 percent disapprove, the Economy: 37 per cent approve, 58 percent disapprove and the Southern Border Situation: 27 per cent approve, 60 percent disapprove.


The biggest percentage change was seen in Biden's handling of the economy. In July, his approval rating with regard to the economy was at 28 per cent. Fifty-three percent of Americans approve of Biden's plan to cancel some of the federal student loan debt for Americans earning less than $125,000 a year. Eligible borrowers will have up to $10,000 of debt forgiven, while those who received Pell Grants will receive up to $20,000 in debt forgiveness. What Mattered to the voters: In the Emerson poll, 39 per cent of voters said that the economy is the most important issue in their vote, while 15 percent of the voters said that threats to democracy were the most important to them, and 10 per cent said that access to women's reproductive healthcare was the most important.


Referring to the 2024 presidential election, 45 per cent of voters said that they would lean toward Biden, while 44 per cent would lean towards Trump. Six per cent of voters said they would vote for someone else, and 5 per cent were undecided, the Emerson poll suggested. "Women voters supported the Democratic congressional candidate over the Republican candidate by 10 points, while men broke for the Republican candidate by 12," Kimball said.