President Joe Biden’s approval rating has dropped 11 points among Democrats over the last month.
The latest Gallup poll, conducted between October 2 and 23, found Biden’s Democrat approval hit a record low of 75 percent.
Biden’s overall approval rating is now at 37 percent, which is also a record low.
The president’s approval among independents has dropped four points, down to 35 percent. Republicans’ approval rating remained the same, just 5 percent.
“After ranging from 49% to 57% during the first eight months of his presidency, Biden’s approval rating has been mired in the low 40s for much of the past two years,” the pollsters report. “Including the latest 37% job rating and an identical reading in April, Biden’s approval has fallen below 40% four times in the 33 readings Gallup has taken since he took office.”
The pollsters noted that the latest downturn comes amid the war in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas.
“Immediately after the attack, Biden pledged ‘rock solid and unwavering’ support for Israel from the U.S., and he subsequently visited the country on Oct. 18 to reiterate that message,” Gallup reports. “But Biden has faced criticism from some members of his party for aligning too closely with Israel and not doing enough for the Palestinians. Some prominent Democratic lawmakers and protesters around the U.S. have called for Biden to do more to help the millions of Palestinians who are in need of humanitarian aid as Israel attempts to eradicate Hamas.”
Earlier this year, Gallup found that support for Palestinians outweighed support for Israel among Democrat voters — 49 percent versus 38 percent.
“Today’s attitudes reflect an 11-percentage-point increase over the past year in Democrats’ sympathy with the Palestinians,” the pollsters reported at the time. “At the same time, the percentages sympathizing more with the Israelis (38%) and those not favoring a side (13%) have dipped to new lows.”
These figures led Gallup to conclude, “Biden’s immediate and decisive show of support for Israel following the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas appears to have turned off some in his own party, resulting in Democrats’ worst assessment of the president since he took office. Biden’s overall approval rating likewise matches his personal low. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict comes at a time when Americans remain pessimistic about the economy, the Biden administration is struggling to deal with increasing numbers of migrants attempting to enter the country, and debate continues about how much aid to provide to Ukraine in its war with Russia.”
“As events in the Middle East continue to unfold and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza worsens, Biden’s guidance on Israel could affect not only the outcome of the war but also how he is viewed at home.”