Biden’s approval rating drops amid concerns about the North Carolina economy | Regional

In a new poll released on Thursday, October 21, there are rumors that voters in North Carolina are increasingly frustrated with President Joe Biden’s overall performance and his handling of jobs and the economy. With North Carolina being a key state in the 2022 midterm election, this state-wide survey of 600 likely voters found that 38% of those polled generally approve of Biden, but 56% don’t. do not. The survey’s margin of error is plus or minus 4%.

In Governor Roy Cooper’s overall job performance, 46% of voters approve, while 46% disapprove.

Typically, Cooper has benefited from positive poll numbers, and the now even numbers could be linked to President Biden’s increasingly dismal approval rating for the economy. In that poll, 55% disapprove of Biden’s handling of the pandemic and the economy, and two-thirds (63%) of those polled said the economy was getting worse.

“There is a correlation between Biden and Cooper approval ratings, but the governor is doing better than the president,” said Donald Bryson, president of the John Locke Foundation, which sponsored the poll. “However, the cracks in Cooper’s armor are specific to one problem, and he’s five points underwater on his handling of the economy. This must be a priority for many people who go to the grocery store. and see empty shelves and face vaccination warrants at work. “

This investigation comes as North Carolina ends 600 days under Cooper’s emergency executive orders related to the COVID pandemic, and the state legislature votes to restrict its authority to keep the state under those prescriptions. Also a Democrat, many of Cooper’s policies on vaccine mandates, marketability, and masking reflected Biden White House’s priorities.

“I think Governor Cooper has generally charted his own course on COVID,” Bryson said. “Yet Biden and Cooper are driven by a similar ideology where the power of government should be used to control the population for the safety of the people. Individual choice and agency have no bearing on this state of mind.

The poll shows that Cooper and Biden still have strong support from the self-identified liberals, with 80% approval from that group, but the overall numbers are not in favor of the Democrats. Figures from the generic ballot survey found that 43% of those polled said they would vote for a Democrat in the legislature if the 2022 general election was held today, and 50% said they would vote for a Democrat in the legislature. would vote for Republicans.

So far, 13 Democrats in the United States House, including North Carolina Congressman David Price, D-14th District, have announced they will not stand for re-election in 2022.

“I don’t recall seeing Republicans with this type of generic head, and Republicans with a generic voting head are rare anyway due to the voter registration advantage that Democrats have historically held,” Bryson said.

There are 2,493,661 registered Democratic voters in North Carolina and 2,176,244 registered Republicans. The fastest growing group is the unaffiliated voters, with 2,442,213 registered voters. With a seven-point swing in favor of Republicans in the poll, those kinds of numbers could shift weight at the negotiating table as Legislative Republicans and Cooper scramble to secure a budget deal, now four months behind schedule.

As the 2022 election approaches, pollsters are working twice as long as they attempt to assess the impact of COVID policies, the economy, and voter fatigue in the face of mixed messages about restrictions on collecting and masking. In Donald Trump’s 2017 Cygnal poll, the former president voted with 47% full approval and 50% full disapproval.

“President Trump has spent most of his tenure within the 50/50 margin of error on his post approval,” Bryson said. “At this point in his presidency, Trump was three points underwater with a 47% disapproval and a 50% approval rating. The lowest approval rating we’ve seen for President Trump was 45% in September 2018, and eight points underwater. We have never found anything approaching that 17-point deficit for President Biden. “

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