Joe Biden's Approval Rating Among Independents Is Alarming for Democrats

Author: Darragh Roche - Newsweek

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a joint press conference with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol in the Rose Garden at the White House, April 26, 2023 in Washington, DC. Recent polls show Biden struggling among independent voters. DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES

President Joe Biden's approval rating among independent voters may be alarming for Democrats now that the president has formally launched his White House re-election bid.

A number of polls this month show that Biden is underwater when it comes to independent voters - a key voting bloc that the president won by a wide margin in 2020.

Matthew Hall, director of the Rooney Center, pointed to partisan loyalty in a statement about independents' role in the midterms, saying: "In today's highly polarized environment, voters are very loyal to their preferred political party. As a result, elections are almost entirely determined by voter turnout and independent voters."


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