Biden’s approval hits 45% in NBC poll showing gains for Democrats

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(Bloomberg) — Democrats were level with Republicans in a congressional preference poll ahead of the US midterm elections, driven by an increase in President Joe Biden’s approval rating and political focus on abortion.

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The NBC News poll of registered voters showed the parties 46% each, suggesting potential momentum for Democrats after falling 2 percentage points in a similar survey in August. The differences in party following were within the margin of error in both polls.

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Biden made up for it with core Democratic grassroots factions as his approval rating rose 45%, up 3 points from August and the highest since October, according to NBC. Former President Donald Trump’s favor fell to 34%, one of the lowest levels since he left office.

The GOP has always held major advantages among voters on economics, crime and border security, while the Democrats have a record advantage over abortion and a double-digit lead over health care. The poll found that 61% disapproved of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision to nullify the federal right to abortion in Roe v. Wade, compared to 37% who approved it.

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“There’s a campaign about the economy, cost of living, crime and border security, and the Republicans are winning this campaign,” said GOP pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies. “But there’s a second campaign on abortion, democracy and climate change, and the Democrats win that campaign.”

The Sept. 9-13 poll of 1,000 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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