As an unabashed progressive Democrat, it pleases me to see that President Joe Biden’s approval ratings are ticking up with some six weeks left to go before November’s mid-terms. One large reason for that upward swing is the national average of price at the pump. From a high of five dollars, the national average has dropped to $3.71 a gallon. The president isn’t out of the woods yet — his disapproval rating is 53% — but the rise in approval numbers has nonetheless been significant. July saw a low of 36%. More recently, that number has risen to 45%. Despite the drop in the price of gas, inflation remains a nagging concern. Prices for consumer goods have shown no sign of dropping. Biden’s approval numbers are the result of an Associated Press-NORC poll of 1,092 adults conducted between September 9-12.