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President Joe Biden has hit a record low job approval rating while congressional Republicans have meanwhile hit a record high.

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll published Sunday found that “Republican congressional candidates currently hold their largest lead in midterm election vote preferences in ABC News/Washington Post polls dating back 40 years.”

The same holds true in reverse, with Democrats enjoying a record low 41 percent preference rating versus the Republicans’ whopping 51 percent rating.

Look:

(Source: ABC News)

“[I]t’s only the second time the GOP has held a statistically significant advantage (the other was +7 points in January 2002) and the ninth time it’s held any numerical edge at all,” ABC News reported.

Two years later, then-President George W. Bush easily won reelection with a Republican-led House and Senate — which, incidentally, is what former President Donald Trump is reportedly seeking for 2024.

The poll released Sunday also showed the president enjoying a stunningly low 38 percent job approval rating.

According to data maintained by RealClearPolitics, this brings the president’s average job approval record to a record low of 42.0 percent. Coupled with the 57 percent disapproval recorded by ABC/WaPo, his approval spread is likewise now at a record high.

Look:

(Source: RealClearPolitics)

This comes despite the president loudly touting the passage of the ostensibly bipartisan infrastructure deal.

“Yet, with the infrastructure bill secured, Biden gets little credit in this poll, which was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates. Just 31% say he’s keeping most of his major campaign promises, and 35% think he’s accomplished much overall,” according to ABC News.

“And while most support his spending and policy plans, crosswinds are evident, as 59% worry he’ll do too much to increase the size and role of government, up 6 points since spring.”

ABC News doesn’t list the questions asked of voters, so it’s unknown whether they were asked comprehensive questions such whether they support paid family leave even if it means paying such and such in additional taxes.

Pollsters have a habit of not asking comprehensive questions, according to Job Creators Network president and CEO Alfredo Ortiz.

“Democrats and their media cheerleaders repeatedly trumpet polls showing that the reconciliation bill and its provisions are popular. Yet these surveys are generally one-sided; they don’t mention the costs associated with the legislation,” he wrote recently for The Hill.

“Biden and some Democrats recently have claimed that the bill is indeed cost-free. Only politicians who have no business experience and have eaten from the D.C. trough for too long could make such a wild assertion.”

Analysis from the arguably left-wing Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center published last week found that “roughly 20 percent to 30 percent of middle-income households would pay more in taxes in 2022” if Build Back Better were signed into law before year’s end.

According to ABC News, one of the key factors behind the latest polling numbers is the economy.

“With inflation soaring, 70% say the economy is in bad shape, up from 58% last spring. While just half blame Biden directly for inflation — its worst in 31 years — his approval for handling the economy overall is down to 39%, off 6 points just since early September and 13 points from last spring,” the outlet notes.

The president and congressional Democrats are nevertheless hellbent on pushing through an exorbitant spending package that leading economists have promised will only further exacerbate the inflation crisis.

Yet only a handful of Democrats have acknowledged this point:

Most Democrats continue to claim in contradiction to the evidence that more spending will somehow ease inflation.

“I have no doubt he is going to get the Build Back Better [passed], and that it’s going to help with inflationary pressure,” California Rep. Ro Khanna said on MSNBC last Friday.

He’s been repeating this same refrain for weeks now:

Experts like Larry Summers, who served as the director of the National Economic Council during former Democrat President Barack Hussein Obama’s presidency, disagree.

According to Politico, he’s been “warning since February that President Joe Biden’s big-spending agenda was creating the risk of an inflation spike this year, potentially cutting into the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.”

But apparently, Biden and his allies feel they know better — and well, it appears the public is letting them know how they feel about that …

Vivek Saxena

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