Joe Biden’s approval rating has recently sunk to the lowest point of his presidency. Per the results of a poll released by Economist/YouGov, Biden’s current approval rating sits at just 39 percent.
While only 39 percent of the nation approves of the president’s current job performance, upwards of 49 percent of Americans disapprove of his job performance. This percentage represents a drop of six points in only one week.
Much of the reasoning underlying Biden’s declining approval numbers includes many of the Democrats’ own actions, as they have started demonstrating less support of the president in the midst of major challenges related to COVID, Afghanistan, and inflation. During the first half of the year, nearly 90 percent of Democrats had approved of Biden’s job performance, though even this support has dropped by nine percent in the past week alone, or from 86 percent to 77 percent.
Aside from the Democrats, Biden is also faring poorly amongst independents, with only 39 percent of independent voters approving of Biden’s performance. Amongst Republicans, only 9 percent approve.
In terms of the specific issues that concern Americans, most of the nation does not approve of the way Biden has handled the COVID pandemic thus far, with 42 percent approving and 45 percent disapproving.
Regarding the economy and job prospects, only 40 percent approve, whereas 47 percent disapprove. In addition, 44 percent of Americans do not believe that the economy is improving, whereas only 16 percent believe that the economy is on the road to the recovery.
The majority of voters also blame Biden for the ailing economy, with 45 percent attributing fault to Biden opposed to only 26 percent who place the blame on Trump.
Afghanistan constitutes one of the most controversial issues of all, with only 33 percent of poll respondents indicating approval of Biden’s approach in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, 55 percent disapprove of how Biden handled the withdrawal, which includes roughly one in four Democrats.
At this point in Biden’s presidency, various strategists and pollsters from the Democrat party have finally begun to explain their varied frustrations with the Biden administration.
For instance, one individual informed Politico that Biden’s election presumably mean that “adults are back in the room to take charge.” However, the individual admitted, as “it turns out, we can’t do anything.” They also added that the current state of affairs in politics will have a strong impact on the 2022 midterms, as well as the 2024 presidential cycle.
In addition, Megan Jones, who was previously an adviser to Harry Reid and a current Democrat consultant, has remarked that the Biden presidency can feel like akin to an “apocalypse” at times.
“It feels like the apocalypse sometimes when you wake up and turn on the news,” Jones proclaimed, especially with “Delta raging,” “floods,” “a fire that’s the size of New York City,” and many other sights that are “all too much for everybody.”
The Economist/YouGov poll took place between September 4-7, with a total of 1,500 respondents. The approximate margin of error totals 2.8 percent.