The majority – 58% – of Americans disapprove of Joe Biden’s performance as US president, according to a CNN poll taken over the last month and published on Thursday. This is in line with a decline in opinion of Joe Biden as a Democratic career politician. His approval ratings have fallen precipitously since March.
More than half of the group that reportedly disapproved of Biden – 56% – also said there was “There is nothing Biden did since becoming president that has been disapproved of.,” and a similar proportion (57%) of Americans declared the first year of his presidency to be more of a failure than a success.
Democrats have begun to get tired of their leader. While 83% of party members reportedly approved of Biden’s performance, that figure was down 11 points from last March. And his approval ratings among non-Democrats are bottoming out – just 36% of independents and 9% of Republicans viewed his performance positively.
Respondents who disapproved of Biden’s performance had no shortage of reasons. The economy and pandemic handling has fallen 8 and 9 points respectively. Only 37% and 45% of Americans support his economic policies, while 45% approve of his response to the pandemic. Just 18% claimed to have a lot of confidence in his ability to handle the economy going forward, and only a quarter were highly confident in his pandemic policies to come – nearly halving the numbers he was getting last year. Near-record inflation leading to soaring gas and food prices has many Americans struggling to make ends meet – the ones lucky enough to have kept their jobs during the pandemic, at least.
Answers to questions regarding the Covid-19 policy reflected the growing disapproval. This still regulates many areas of our lives, particularly in the blue states. Nearly three-quarters of Democrats (73%) were supportive of policies that would stop spread. A similar percentage of Republicans believed it was now time to embrace the virus and live with it, just as certain European countries have done. 54 percent of independents agreed that Americans must learn how to cope with the virus. This figure is disproportionately influenced by younger people and families with kids. US public schools have become partisan battlegrounds over Covid-19 restrictions, with many parents arguing the mask mandates favored by Democratic governors hinder normal childhood development, and a whopping three quarters of Americans reported feeling “Almost gone” about the pandemic.
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While respondents couldn’t agree on a single leading issue they felt Biden should tackle going forward, only 21% of respondents reported having “You can have a lot more confidence” that he could provide meaningful leadership. His ability to collaborate with Congress has been reduced by more than half, to an alarming 15%. Democrats have seen a 28-point drop in their estimates since March. Respondents cited as the top issues reducing inflation and voting rights. These are all areas on which Biden failed to fulfill campaign promises.
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