Biden approval hits new low at one year mark: AP-NORC poll – First year in White House | The Economic Times
First year in White House
President Joe Biden ends his first year in the White House with a clear majority of Americans for the first time disapproving of his handling of the presidency in the face of an unrelenting pandemic and roaring inflation, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Tough stance on Biden
More Americans disapprove than approve of how Biden is handling his job as president, 56% to 43%. As of now, just 28% of Americans say they want Biden to run for re-election in 2024, including only 48% of Democrats.
”Don’t believe the polls”
Asked on Wednesday at a wide-ranging news conference about his flagging popularity, Biden responded, “I don’t believe the polls.” It’s a stark reversal from early in Biden’s presidency.
Approval rate dipped
In July, 59% of Americans said they approved of Biden’s job performance in an AP-NORC poll. His approval rating dipped to 50% by late September in the aftermath of the chaotic and bloody U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan and amid surging coronavirus infections and the administration’s fitful efforts to push economic, infrastructure and tax policies through Congress.
Handling the pandemic
The latest poll shows that Americans’ confidence in Biden’s handling of the pandemic _ seen as a strength early in his administration _ has further eroded as the omicron variant strains the health care system and further exhausts an American electorate that had hoped life would be back to a semblance of normalcy by now. Just 45% say they approve of Biden’s handling of COVID-19, down from 57% in December and from 66% in July 2021.