Joe Biden’s approval down – but Trump is worse

Image copyright Chris Williams Image caption Mr Trump pulled his party’s biggest election win in 22 years A year from the midterms, former Vice President Joe Biden’s job approval rating stands at 42 percent…

Joe Biden's approval down - but Trump is worse

Image copyright Chris Williams Image caption Mr Trump pulled his party’s biggest election win in 22 years

A year from the midterms, former Vice President Joe Biden’s job approval rating stands at 42 percent – the lowest of any former president since polling began in 1991.

A whopping 61 percent of Americans disapprove of his performance, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, down 7 points from a May poll and the worst since Jimmy Carter.

President Donald Trump’s own job approval rating sits at 38 percent, virtually unchanged from last month’s NBC/WSJ poll.

Democrats lead the GOP by 10 points in the midterm midterms, with 54 percent wanting their party to control Congress, while 41 percent prefer the Republicans to remain in power.

That’s a reversal from the same poll in June, when Democrats led by 11 points.

The congressional election may come a year after Mr Trump took office, but in truth it has been the end of the Democratic Party’s political majority.

Explore the full poll results here.

Image copyright NBC / LA Times Image caption Mike Pence was criticized for resigning as a contributor to Fox News in January after Melania Trump gave a TV interview critical of him

The NBC/WSJ poll is the third since March that the Republican Party’s reputation has been knocked, after questions about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian officials and Mr Trump’s aides’ efforts to thwart investigations into Russia’s interference in the election.

The difficulty of governing is hitting Mr Trump – his job approval rating now stands at just 36 percent, according to Politico/Morning Consult polls, the lowest of his presidency. That’s down 6 points from last month.

When asked how their current commander-in-chief was handling his job, 46 percent of respondents said he was doing a good job and 56 percent said he was doing a poor job.

Mr Trump pulled his party’s biggest election win in 22 years in 2016 thanks to supporting Republican candidates in House and Senate races, but has struggled to energise voters so far.

His first six months in office were marked by failures, from a botched healthcare reform drive to a failed US missile strike in Syria. And there have been increasing calls to remove him from office.

In spite of the Democratic surge in the polls, Republicans control the House, where it is less likely a Democrat will be able to pass legislation. It is also a different landscape in the Senate, which is currently 52 Republicans and 49 Democrats.

Image copyright Brand24 Image caption Nearly seven in 10 voters say Congress is dysfunctional

Just two-thirds of voters (64 percent) feel Congress is working very or fairly well – a lack of confidence unlike any other time in the poll’s 20-year history.

Nearly seven in 10 voters also say that members of Congress are too closely aligned with major donors, and just 42 percent say they are doing a good job of representing voters’ views.

However, 74 percent said they would not be very or somewhat likely to re-elect their congressman if he or she were to run in 2018 – a statistic that could be seen as a cue for party leaders to step up their efforts to persuade voters to vote for them.

The CNN poll found that Mr Trump was more popular with white men, white evangelicals and conservatives. Among other demographic groups, however, disapproval of his work has widened.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted online from 23 July to 27 July, and surveyed 1,215 adults including 811 registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points for adults and plus or minus 4.4 percentage points for registered voters.

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