President Joe Biden has something to smile about after a Politico-Morning Consult poll released on Wednesday (August 17) showed that the President’s approval rating had increased by three percentage points.
The poll comes as Biden signed a $740 billion health care, climate, and tax reform bill into law. The survey placed Biden’s approval rating at 42 percent, a 3-point increase from a week earlier when Biden’s approval rating was 39 percent.
The 3-point difference carried over to registered voters who disapproved. In the POLITICO poll, Biden’s disapproval rating shrunk from 59 percent to 56 percent.
Another sign of the tide changing in Biden’s favor is the recent poll showing more voters believe the county is headed in the right direction, 30 percent of participants said they believed it was, whereas 25 percent felt the same in the preceding week.
Those who shared the opposing view — a belief that the country was going in the wrong direction — had decreased by the same five-point margin, from 75 percent to 70 percent.
By the time the poll was being conducted, Biden hadn’t signed the bill into law yet. Instead, the Inflation Reduction Act had just passed in the House.
But, the passage of the bill — a victory for Biden since it is a pared-down version of his signature $3 trillion Build Back Better — comes at a pivotal time for Democrats.
If pundits are to are right, Democrats need as many victories as possible ahead of the midterm elections because they are slated to lose to their Republican counterparts.