Never before in a president’s first year in office has his job approval sunk to such devastating lows. Typically there’s a feeling of goodwill amongst the public as a new administration takes control of the federal government — but with Biden, the opposite is true.
A series of catastrophes have sunk Biden’s chances to regain support with key voting blocks, especially young Americans under 44, Independents, and even some Democrat voters.
A Wednesday poll showed, “president” Joe Biden’s approval ratings hit the lowest since the start of his presidency, dropping to 39%.
Biden’s handling of the job was disapproved by 49% of respondents in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll. While 12% said they were unsure, 39% of those polled approved of the president’s performance. The poll surveyed 1,500 U.S. adults online between September 4 – 7 and has a margin of error of 2.8%
The president’s approval rating dropped by 6% since the previous poll from a week ago. Along with the fall in the overall job approval ratings, Biden’s handling of COVID-19 and the economy saw lower approval among the respondents of this poll compared to the previous ones.
Latest estimate of Biden's net approval rating in The Economist/YouGov polls is -6. The president is being dragged down this week by a low outlier among Democrats, but also a strong negative trend among Independents and people under 44 (-20pp since July).https://t.co/IVjBfI5OAY pic.twitter.com/3HdHol8wjc
— G. Elliott Morris (@gelliottmorris) September 8, 2021
For the first time of Biden’s eight-month-long presidency, more people disapproved (45%) of his performance on the pandemic than approved (42%). Those dissatisfied with the president’s handling of jobs and the economy accounted for 47% of the respondents, as opposed to 40% of those approving, the poll’s results showed.
A poll from the American Action Network released Tuesday showed that Biden’s approval ratings took a nosedive in multiple swing districts where he won in the 2020 presidential election.
Not to mention the total unpopularity of Biden’s closest officials, namely Vice President Kamala Harris. She can’t seem to get her stride with the American people and many don’t see her as a viable replacement if Joe Biden were to step down.
At this rate, not only do Republicans have a fighting chance at winning back majorities from both houses in Congress, but they have a strong advantage coming in to 2024 as well.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney