By Coy Knobel, Cowboy State Daily
President Joe Biden is more unpopular in Wyoming than he is in any other state, according to a recent Morning Consult Political Intelligence survey.
The survey gave the president a net job approval rating of negative 53% in Wyoming.
The research company conducted the survey between April 1 and June 30 by sampling registered voters in all 50 states. In Wyoming, a survey of 519 registered voters found that 22% approved and 76% disapproved of the way the president was doing his job. The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 4%.
The research company calculated the net approval rating by taking those who approve of the president’s job performance and subtracting those who do not approve. Not all percentages add up to 100 because of rounding.
In neighboring state Idaho, the president’s net approval rating was negative 39%. It was negative 36% in Nebraska, negative 33% in South Dakota, negative 29% in Montana, negative 29% in Utah and negative 6% in Colorado.
Voters surveyed in 44 states disapproved of President Biden’s job performance. North Dakota and West Virginia’s disapproval numbers were close to the Cowboy State’s at negative 51%.
Washington, D.C. voters were nearly the reverse of Wyoming’s, giving the president a 53% net approval rating. California gave the president his next highest net approval rating at 9%, followed by Vermont at 7%, Hawaii and Maryland at 6% Massachusetts at 5% and New York at 2%.
Senior Morning Consult reporter, Eli Yokley wrote that “…the political environment has arguably worsened for Democrats as President Joe Biden’s dismal approval ratings abound across the country, including in states that will be key to his party’s hopes of holding both chambers on Capitol Hill, which face long odds.”
He said during the same point in Donald Trump’s presidency in 2018 the poll numbers looked better for President Trump than they do now for President Biden.
“At this point in 2018, Trump’s net approval rating was underwater in 27 states, compared with 44 states for Biden now,” Yokely wrote.
A New York Times/Siena College poll, conducted July 5-7 showed similarly unflattering numbers for the president.
“Only 13 percent of American voters said the nation was on the right track — the lowest point in Times polling since the depths of the financial crisis more than a decade ago,” wrote New York Times national political reporter Shane Goldmacher. “…64 percent of Democratic voters saying they would prefer a new standard-bearer in the 2024 presidential campaign… as voters nationwide have soured on his leadership, giving him a meager 33 percent job-approval rating.”
Goldmacher credited widespread concerns about the economy and inflation with turning “the national mood decidedly dark,” and negative toward the president.
Biden and others in his administration have responded by pointing to the recent drop in retail gasoline prices and a strong labor market.
“We’re very happy to report that the current drop in the price of gas, down 50 cents per gallon over the past 34 days, is one of the fastest decline in retail gas prices in a decade,” Jared Bernstein, member of the Council of Economic Advisers said at a White House Press briefing Tuesday. “As gas prices are coming down, our labor market, which is where working-age families get most of their income, remains historically very strong. Job gains continue to come in at historically high levels…And there’s no question that the American Rescue Plan, with its shots in arms and checks in pockets, helped to achieve that goal.”