White House Admits Low Approval Ratings Spell Election Trouble

The presidential election in France over the weekend led to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain posting an unusual tweet on Sunday regarding Joe Biden’s horrendous approval ratings.

French President Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen in the election for another five-year term. Some in the American media have expressed the opinion that voters were not voting so much for Macron as they were against Le Pen.

Macron said in his victory speech in addressing those who did not support his platform but simply wanted to “block the extreme right,” that their votes “oblige” him. He said that the nature of the vote has now made him more than a partisan candidate into “president for all.”

Klain’s odd tweet came just after the French president’s comments and indicates that he believes Macron’s win is somehow good news for Biden since the approval ratings for both leaders are currently terrible.

Klain wrote that it was an “interesting observation, FYI” that Macron won over Le Pen by double digits when his approval rating sits at 36%.


Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’s press secretary Christina Pushaw is well known as a Twitter user with strong political opinions. She noted that Klain is implying that Biden can win reelection even if he is lucky enough to maintain a 36% approval. She pointed out that the White House is certainly aware that most Americans disapprove of how they are doing their jobs, but do not care. She charitably wondered why Klain would even tweet something like he did.

Stephen Miller with The Spectator noted in a response to Klain’s tweet that the White House and Klain “always manage to brag about their complete failures.”

New polling from Morning Consult indicates that Biden’s net approval rating is “underwater” in fully 40 states and shows the administration has not made up any of its lost ground in the key battleground states leading into this year’s midterm elections and the 2024 presidential race.

Even in the 10 states where Biden’s approval is greater than his disapproval number, the spread of his net approval has “shrunk dramatically” since the first quarter of last year. His net approval rating has tumbled by more than 20% in the last year in every projected battleground state for 2024 that is also hosting closely contested Senate and House races this year.

As examples, Biden’s net approval has fallen among independent voters in Michigan by 38 points and by 33 points in both Georgia and Minnesota.