Leading moderate Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) told Axios: “It’s an alarm bell for the commonsense, bipartisan solutions we should be focused on ... The president talked about a lot of this at the State of the Union, and now we have to get it done.”

Democrats across the political spectrum are panicking about a recent NBC News poll showing President Biden’s approval rating at the lowest levels yet — 40%, Axios reports.

Why it matters: Moderate and progressive Democrats, particularly in the House, are fearful of an electoral tsunami this November. They tell Axios they’re unsure whether the party can repair the damage in time.

  • “People are extremely discouraged, there’s no doubt,” said Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.), a moderate and leading member of the New Democrat Coalition.
  • Kuster was among the NDC members who met with President Biden on Wednesday and urged the administration to take action on supply chain and inflation issues, gas prices and a budget reconciliation bill.
  • Rep. Susan Wild (D-Pa.), a swing-district member, told Axios’s Andrew Solender the poll gives credence to her distancing herself from Biden: “It’s always a concern when the president’s numbers are bad and you’re in the same party.”
  • “In my district, and I think in most frontline districts, you win your campaign because people know you know what work you’ve done, … and they also know that I don’t always vote in line with the party.”

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