The disastrous approval ratings for the Biden administration are spreading into Democratic geographic and demographic strongholds.
A recent poll conducted by the California-Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies shows that around 6 in 10 California voters disapprove of Biden’s handling of the inflation crisis hammering the country. The poll was conducted between March 29 and April 5, and has a sampling error of plus/minus 2 percentage points.
Biden still maintains a 50 percent overall approval rating in the Golden State, which indicates he is doing better there than his vice president or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who both have fallen even further in the eyes of their fellow Californians. Biden’s national approval rating is sitting at around 42 percent.
Two-thirds of California registered voters said they believe the country is “on the wrong track.” Even 51 percent of Democrats said they have a negative opinion of the current national trajectory.
Mark DiCamillo is the director of the poll and said that voters are “not at all pleased.” At this time last year, Biden had around 60 percent approval in California. Biden’s steepest decline has been among voters aged 18-39, Latinos, and Asian Americans. DiCamillo added that inflation is a primary factor in voters’ opinions. He said, “They’re seeing it every day.”
Regarding inflation, only 5 percent of Republicans have Biden a favorable rating, compared with 27 percent of independents and 54 percent of Democrats. Only 21 percent of voters under 40 approved of the president’s handling of inflation.
Harris came in with only a 35 percent approval rating in her home state. That is down from 38 percent there two months ago. Even in the Bay Area, her home region, Harris has only 38 percent approval currently.
A recent Quinnipiac poll shows Biden’s approval among Hispanic voters has fallen all the way to 26 percent. That is down almost 10 points from April 6. That poll also shows his overall approval has dipped to 35 percent among all registered voters.
The poll shows that fully 41 percent of Hispanic voters “disapprove strongly” of Biden’s presidency, with 13 percent saying they “disapprove somewhat.”