With the 2024 race for President starting to begin, President Joe Biden saw a small dip in his approval poll numbers in a national Monmouth University Poll.
While support remains robust among their fellow Democrats, neither President Joe Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris earn positive ratings from the American public as a whole. But maybe even more worrisome was the result from Monmouth finding that less than 1 in 4 register approval of the U.S. Congress or feel the country is headed in the right direction.
President Biden has a 41% approval rating of his job performance while 51% disapprove. While the Presidents rating had been slowly improving after hitting a low point last June (36% approve and 58% disapprove), but that trajectory seems to have hit a wall as the March 21 numbers are are similar to Monmouth polls taken in December (42% approve/50% disapprove) and January (43%/48% disapprove).
Harris at 36% Approval
As for Vice President Harris, her approval number sits at 36% and disapproval at 53%. This is the first time Monmouth has asked the vice president’s job rating. When it comes to Independents and Republicans, the numbers are grim for the current office holders as only 3 in 10 of unaffiliated voters and 6% of Republicans give their approval.
Dim View of Congress
“There are some differences between the two, but on the whole, rank and file Democrats seem to hold largely positive opinions of both the president and vice president,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
As for their colleagues at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, 23% approve of the job the U.S. Congress is doing compared with 68% disapproving. Congressional approval has hovered between 15% and 26% since summer 2021. By party, Democrats approve of the House and Senate by 27%, followed by 22% of independents, and 21% of Republicans.
The low approval of Congress is in line with worries about the right/wrong direction of America. The survey found just 22% of Americans say things in the country are going in the right direction while 72% say they have gotten off on the wrong track. The right direction number has ranged between 10% and 31% since September 2021, after hitting a relative high of 46% in April 2021.
Most notably, Democrats nearly double other identified political voters as saying the U.S. is on the right track at 46%; Independents at 17% and Republicans at 5% feel the country is headed in the right direction. The pollster noted this follows a trend where fellow partisans of the current president tend to be relatively more positive about the nation as a whole.