President Biden’s approval ratings in Iowa are taking a hit, with less than a third of residents in the traditional heartland swing state giving the president a thumbs up on the job he’s doing in the White House.
Biden’s approval rating stands at 31%, with disapproval at 62%, according to a Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll, which was released on Tuesday.
That’s a significant drop from June, the previous time the question was asked, when the president stood at 43%-52% approval/disapproval. The last time Biden’s approval ratings were above water in Des Moines Register/Mediacom polling in Iowa was in March, early in his presidency, when he stood at 47%-44%.
Iowa was long a crucial battleground state, but Republicans have enjoyed greater success there in recent years. While former President Obama carried Iowa during his 2008 presidential election victory and 2012 reelection, former President Trump captured the state by 9 points in his 2016 presidential victory and by 8 points over Biden in his 2020 reelection defeat. GOP Sen. Joni Ernst won reelection by a comfortable 7 points and Republicans flipped two congressional seats from blue to red in Iowa last November.
“This is a bad poll for Joe Biden, and it’s playing out in everything that he touches right now,” the survey’s pollster, J. Ann Selzer, told the Des Moines Register.
There’s a predictable wide partisan divide in the poll, with Democrats ove… (Read more)