Yes, so, you know, President Biden coming into this address with pretty decent approval rating numbers, averaging right now about 54 percent approval rating.
That is a big improvement from, say, where President Trump was at this stage in his presidency. In fact, during the entirety of President Trump’s presidency, he never once hit a 50 percent job approval rating.
But it’s much lower than previous presidents had seen in the so-called honeymoon phase of the presidency, where you saw folks like George W. Bush, after a very contentious 2000 election, was looking at approval ratings in the ’60s, as was President Obama at this point.
And so I think what this tells us is that this is — President Biden won the election with 51, a little over 51 percent of the vote, his approval rating, somewhere around 54 percent. So, basically, he is holding on to everybody that he won in the election and bringing some new folks over. Probably, those are not Republicans. Republicans are pretty united in their dislike of the president.
But getting independents over to your side, again, in these races that are going to be so critical, 2022, 2024, winning over independents is what brings you from — into the W column.