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Biden’s Approval Down In Multiple Swing Districts, According To GOP-Aligned Poll

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President Joe Biden’s approval rating has plummeted in multiple swing congressional districts, new polling from the American Action Network shows.

While the surveys were conducted by American Action Network, a GOP-affiliated group, they show Biden down in multiple districts that he won in 2020.

The largest shift was in Michigan’s 8th congressional district, where Biden’s 42% approval is underwater by 12 points. Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin narrowly won reelection there in 2020, even as former President Donald Trump carried it by 0.8%, according to Daily Kos election data.

Biden is also down between three and seven points in California’s 10th congressional district, Florida’s 7th, Michigan’s 11th, Virginia’s 2nd and Washington’s 8th, all of which he carried in 2020 and all of which are represented by Democrats. He is down by eight in Iowa-3, a district held by Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne but carried by Trump in 2020. (RELATED: Biden’s Average Approval Falls Below 50% For The First Time As President)

President Joe Biden speaks at the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan in May. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

President Joe Biden speaks at the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan in May. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

The polls show Biden down in every district surveyed on the economy and foreign policy. The data comes amid a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and a sharp surge in coronavirus cases and deaths, which Biden blamed for worse-than-expected August job numbers.

Republicans hold a six-point advantage on a generic congressional ballot, and Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget, currently being debated in Congress, is 18 points underwater as well, far lower than other polls.

While the numbers come from a partisan-aligned group, they show Democrats down in the House as the party seeks to hold its narrow majority in 2022. They currently hold a three-vote margin, a gap which many forecasters have noted could be completely erased during the redistricting process alone.

“Most presidents struggle in midterm elections, and swing districts are usually the killing grounds where their parties lose seats,” GOP strategist Bruce Mehlman told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Recent polls show President Biden’s support is softening among these same voters in these swing districts, imperiling Democrats’ razor-thin majorities.”

The polls were conducted among 800 voters in each district from Aug. 28-30, with a margin of error of 3.2%.

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