Joe Biden's Approval Almost As Low As Trump's Before 2018 Midterm Defeats: Poll

President Joe Biden's approval rating is almost as low as former President Donald Trump's approval at the same stage in his presidency, according to a new poll published on Monday.

An Investors Business Daily (IBD)/TIPP poll found that Biden's approval rating now stands at 44.4 percent and has fallen 4.8 percentage points over the past month—in line with other polling that shows the president's approval in negative territory.

Democrats are facing crucial midterm elections in November with Republicans hoping to regain control of the House of Representatives and the Senate and potentially stymie Biden's agenda.

Biden's 44.4 percent approval rating in the IBD/TIPP poll excludes respondents who were unsure or declined to state an opinion about their approval of the job the president is doing.

The poll was conducted among 1,355 adults from February 2 to 4. IBD/TIPP enjoys an A rating from poll tracker FiveThirtyEight.

As Investors Business Daily pointed out in reporting the findings of the poll on Monday, Biden's approval is now only slightly ahead of where Trump's approval stood at the beginning of November 2018.

Trump's approval in the November 2018 IBD/TIPP poll stood at 42.6 percent. This is significant as Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives that month, allowing Speaker Nancy Pelosi to resume the role she previously held from 2007 to 2011.

The Democrat-controlled House went on to approve articles of impeachment against former President Trump in 2019 and again in 2021. Some Republicans have suggested that a GOP-led House could impeach President Biden.

GOP victories in the midterm elections would also allow the party to stymie President Biden's agenda and control of either chamber could see Republicans launch investigations into the administration and other matters in the lead-up to the 2024 presidential election.

Biden's approval is notably higher in the most recent IBD/ITT poll than Trump's was at the same stage of his presidency. In February 2018, the former president had 40 percent approval in that poll.

However, analysis from poll tracker FiveThirtyEight may also be cause for concern for Biden and the Democrats. FiveThirtyEight monitors the president's approval rating based on a wide variety of polls and its own system of pollster ratings. The website did the same for Trump when he was in office.

FiveThirtyEight's analysis showed Biden with an approval rating of 41.2 percent as of February 7, 2022, while disapproval of the president stood at 52.8 percent.

On February 7, 2018 former President Trump had an approval rating of 40.7 percent and his disapproval stood at 53.8 percent.

The 2018 midterm elections took place on November 6 and the day before—November 5, 2018—FiveThirtyEight showed Trump's approval rating stood at 41.9 percent compared to disapproval of 52.8 percent.

President Biden's approval has been in negative territory since August 30—the day before the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan—and there is little to indicate it will improve in the near future.

Joe Biden Listens to the German Chancellor
U.S. President Joe Biden listens as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz delivers remarks alongside during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House on February 07, 2022 in Washington, DC. Biden's approval rating is now almost as low as former President Donald Trump's was ahead of Republicans' 2018 midterm losses. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images