Biden heads to North Carolina as he steps up domestic travel to tout his success on supply chains and battle a disastrous 33% approval rating
- Joe Biden flies to Greensboro, North Carolina on Thursday morning
- The president is stepping up domestic travel to tout his political victories
- He will highlight the work of strengthening supply chains during his visit
- It comes amid concerns Democrats are heading for midterm annihilation
- A poll released a day earlier showed Biden’s approval rating at 33%
President Joe Biden flies to North Carolina on Thursday morning to tout efforts to strengthen supply chains as he seeks to defend himself from opinion polls that now put his approval rating at just 33 %.
After visiting Iowa on Tuesday, this is his busiest week of domestic travel in months.
And six months from the midterm elections, it’s part of a bet the White House can shatter voter skepticism with smaller, granular announcements after dropping last year’s bold rhetoric about a transformation, which ultimately failed to pass through Congress.
On Thursday, Biden will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina, to see the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
It’s part of an effort to pressure Congress to pass the Bipartisan Innovation Act, which aims to increase funding for domestic semiconductor production.
But the scale of the job Biden faces as he seeks to avoid a Democratic annihilation in November was revealed a day earlier.
His approval rating is at rock bottom, according to a Quinnipiac poll that found only 33% of respondents think Biden is doing a good job as president.
President Joe Biden travels to Greensboro, North Carolina on Thursday as he steps up domestic travel to sell his political successes amid disastrous polls
A day earlier, a Quinnipiac University poll put Biden’s approval rating at just 33% among Americans and 26% among independents.
The numbers are backed by Democrats who give him a 76% approval rating. On the other hand, only 26% of independents – crucial voters in any election – approve of his performance, while only 3% of Republicans approve of him.
The poll is at the lower end of recent polls. And The Real Clear Politics poll average has Biden’s approval rating at 40.6%.
The president’s sweeping national agenda has stalled, with the Democratic opposition undermining his massive Build Back Better spending plan.
And White House officials acknowledge that the public focus on the war in Ukraine is making it harder for the president to get his message across.
“While the world must understand and see how it conducts the war, the country must see how it continues to conduct the economy,” press secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday.
“Being able to continue to speak to our national audience about this is a huge priority. And his schedule tells how much of a priority it is.
The consumer price index rose 8.5% in March from a year ago, a 41-year high
On Tuesday, he unveiled plans to expand the availability of biofuel gasoline blends through the summer to try to curb the heat from soaring fuel prices.
The move, announced during a trip to an ethanol plant in Iowa, represents the administration’s latest attempt to rein in inflation, which hit a new 40-year high on Tuesday.
Inflation hit a 40-year high of 8.5% on the same day, a reminder that rising prices are Biden’s biggest handicap as Democrats prepare for a tough midterm election.
Still, officials say the economy has added 7.9 million jobs since the president took office, but that success has left voters unimpressed.