Democrats are “super-duper worried” about the drag that President Joe Biden will have on them in the 2022 midterm elections, according to journalist Jim VandeHei.
During an interview on MSNBC’s “Way Too Early,” VandeHei was asked how worried Democrats are about Biden’s dismal approval ratings. VandeHei confirmed that all Democrats are extremely worried it.
“They’re super duper-worried, right?” said VandeHei, co-founder of Axios.
“You don’t want the president of your party sitting at 40% or slightly below 40%,” he explained. “You look at the numbers of independents, you have swing voters often around 30%, sometimes lower. That’s terrible. Like, there’s no other way to cut it, and Democrats know that.”
Axios’ Jim VandeHei: Dems “Super-Duper Worried” About Biden’s Abysmal Job Approval
How bad is it for Biden?
Biden’s approval rating remains about 15 points under water, according to RealClearPolitics, with an average approval rating of about 39% and an average disapproval rating of about 54%.
That metric alone signals Democrats will not only lose their majorities in Congress, but do so in embarrassing fashion.
Last week, CNN senior data reporter Harry Enten explained that Republicans are in the “best position … at this point in any midterm cycle in over 80 years” precisely because of Biden’s poor approval rating. That is because the outcome of midterm elections is often correlated with presidential approval in the months leading up to the election.
On Tuesday, Enten reiterated his abysmal analysis, saying Biden is doing worse than Jimmy Carter, who lost re-election because he failed to adequately respond to economic crises.
“I’ll compare it to Carter at this point in his presidency, right? Look at the disapproval rating Joe Biden has an inflation right now — it’s over 70%,” Enten explained. “Carter was not even there at this point in mid-1978. When you’re doing worse than Jimmy Carter’s doing in the minds of Americans on inflation, you know, that they’re holding you responsible for the conditions that are currently on the ground that are hurting Americans in their pocketbooks.”