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Washington Post-ABC News poll of 1,001 adults, Nov. 7-10. Error margin: ±3.5 points. Graphic: Emily Guskin/The Washington Post. Used by permission

As President Biden hits a new approval low in the Washington Post-ABC News poll, Republicans enjoy their largest midterm lead over Democrats in the 40-year history of the poll.

Why it matters: Sinking sentiments among Democrats and independents are behind the falling numbers, which come despite a majority of Americans supporting the key pieces of Biden's agenda — the bipartisan infrastructure package and $2 trillion social spending bill.

By the numbers: 51% of registered voters say that if midterms were held today, they’d vote for the GOP candidate in their district. 41% say the Democrat. "That’s the biggest lead for Republicans in the 110 ABC/Post polls that have asked this question since November 1981," ABC notes.

  • Among adults overall, 46% would back the Republican, versus 43% who would support the Democrat.
  • Some 70% in the poll rated the economy negatively, including 38% who said it is in “poor” condition. About half of those polled blame Biden for rising inflation, and more than 6 in 10 say he has not accomplished much in his 10 months in office.

Yes, but: On ABC's "This Week," George Stephanopoulos points out that Biden's core policies are popular:

  • 63% support the infrastructure bill the president will sign on Monday.
  • 58% support the social-policy bill, which still faces a precarious path.

Go deeper: The economy is great, but voters don't believe it

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Nov 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Manchin’s next blow to liberals

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

During his six years as governor, Sen. Joe Manchin developed a rough three-part test he's taken to Washington: Are proposed programs paid for? Do they have bipartisan support? And do they solve a specific problem facing his constituents?

Why it matters: The West Virginia Democrat wields unparalleled power in a 50-50 Senate, but in many ways he still thinks of himself as a state executive with a practical streak — and that may spell trouble for President’s Biden’s $2 trillion social spending plan as it moves to consideration in the Senate.

Updated 12 hours ago - Technology

From Malcolm X to "Free Britney," new media shapes the justice system

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

True crime documentaries, podcasts and social media campaigns are bringing new attention to real-world legal proceedings — and are often affecting the outcome.

Why it matters: New media platforms can instantly put a national spotlight on cases that have long been forgotten or buried under red tape.

Updated 14 hours ago - Health

The next big bottleneck in the global vaccination effort

Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, but an additional bottleneck has emerged in many low-income countries: They need help getting shots in arms.

Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates across the world is both a humanitarian necessity and the best way to prevent dangerous new variants from emerging, but it increasingly requires complex problem-solving.