Fewer than 3 in 10 Americans approve of the way Joe Biden is handling the inflation crisis in the United States, and most give the president low marks on any major issues other than the Covid-19 pandemic, one revealed new poll.
Only 28% of American adults believe Biden is doing an adequate job of fighting inflation, according to an ABC / Ipsos poll released on Sunday. Even among Democrats, only a slim majority (54%) gives Biden a favorable opinion on inflation. A whopping 71% of independents disagree – a troubling assessment given that inflation, now at its highest level in 39 years, is the main issue in the minds of voters as the midterm elections approach from 2022.
The only bright spot for Biden in the latest poll is his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, with 53% of those polled approving his performance. But that is down 10 percentage points since July and marks a 16-point drop from the 69% mark he received shortly after taking office in January.
Other problem-based results included an approval rating of 34% on Biden’s handling of immigration, 41% on the economy, 32% on gun violence, 36% on crime, 46% on change climate and 40% on taxes. Biden’s rating on the U.S. economic recovery has fallen nearly 20 points since March, according to the poll.
As ABC News noted, Americans apparently weren’t impressed with Biden’s video summit last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Only 42% of those polled said they approved of Biden’s handling of relations with Russia, and only 15% said they had a “super deal” of trusting the president to negotiate with Putin on America’s behalf. This compares to 26% when ABC / Ipsos asked the same question in its June poll.
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Considering Biden’s poor grades on major issues almost everywhere, it’s no surprise that his overall approval rating has dropped. A Trafalgar Group poll released earlier this month showed 36.3% of Americans approve of the president’s professional performance, up from around 60% in the first months of his tenure.
Biden joked in an interview with “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon on Friday that he stopped looking at his approval notes. “I used to be careful when they were in the mid-60s, but now that they’re in the 40s, I don’t care anymore. He joked.