Biden’s endorsement drops to lowest presidency level: AP-NORC poll | News
According to a new poll, President Joe Biden’s approval rating in May fell to its lowest level during his presidency, and members of his own Democratic Party were more pessimistic.
According to a poll by the Associated Press-NORC, only 39 percent of adults in the United States approve of Biden’s performance as president, compared to a negative rating a month earlier.
Overall, only about 2 out of 10 adults say the U.S. is heading in the right direction or the economy is good, both less than about 3 out of 10 months earlier. This decline was concentrated among Democrats: only 33 percent in the presidential party said the country was moving in the right direction, up from 49 percent in April.
Biden’s particular concern about the midterm elections is that his Democrat approval is 73 percent, down from his previous presidency. In the 2021 AP-NORC polls, Biden’s rating among Democrats never fell below 82 percent.
The findings reflect a widespread sense of irritation in a country facing a cascade of problems ranging from inflation, armed violence and the sudden shortage of infant formula to persistent pandemic.
“I don’t know how much worse it can get,” said Milan Ramsey, a 29-year-old school counselor and Democrat in Santa Monica, California who, along with her husband, had to move into her parents ’home to raise their young son.
Ramsey believes the economic dysfunction that led to her not being able to afford the place where she grew up is not Biden’s fault. But she is concerned that he has not implemented ambitious plans to combat climate change or establish health care.
“He did not keep any of his promises. I feel that incentive checks have been carried out and this was the last victory of his administration, ”Ramsey said of Biden. “I think he’s tired – and I don’t blame him; I would also be tired at his age of the career he has made. ”
Republicans have been unfavorable to Biden for some time. Less than 1 in 10 approve of the president or his management of the economy, but this is no different from last month.
Jerry Taranza, a nurse and Republican from Chicago, accuses Biden of being forced to pinch pennies by taking measures such as driving slower to save gas after prices skyrocketed during his rule.
“His policies are destroying the economy,” Tarantz, 46, said of Biden, accusing him of shutting down the Keystone XL fuel pipeline to Canada and curbing domestic energy production. “It’s a vicious circle of rising prices.”
Overall, two-thirds of Americans disapprove of running Biden’s economy. This rating has largely not changed in the last few months, although it has risen slightly since the first two months of the year.
But there are signs that Biden’s dissatisfaction with the economy has deepened. Only 18 percent of Americans say Biden’s policies have done more good than harm to the economy, just under 24 percent in March. 51 percent say they did more to harm than help, while 30 percent say they didn’t make much of a difference anyway.
The percentage of Democrats who say Biden’s policies have done more to help has dropped from 45 percent to 37 percent, though only 18 percent say they have done more to harm; 44 percent say they made no difference.
Some Democrats blame other forces for inflation.
Manuel Morales, an Internet service technician in Malin, Illinois, believes the pandemic and war in Ukraine had a much greater impact than Biden’s decisions. But the 58-year-old Democrat is now questioning the benefits of Biden’s biggest legislative achievement, the American Salvation Plan, and its test incentives.
“It helped a lot of people, but,” Morales said, “people didn’t want to go back to work.”
Morales accuses Biden of another area that remains vulnerable to the president – immigration.
Only 38 percent supported Biden on immigration issues, and Morales is disappointed with scenes of migrants continuing to cross the southern border. Although he himself is a Mexican immigrant, Morales believes the U.S. needs to tighten controls on its border to hope to legalize worthy migrants who are in the country illegally.
Also, Morales said, there should be boundaries. “It is impossible to attract all of Central America and Mexico to this country,” he said.
Another area where Morales blames Biden, albeit mildly, is the war with Ukraine. “We spend a lot of money on Ukraine, and all this is in short supply,” – said Morales.
Overall, 45 percent of Americans approve of the way Biden conducts U.S. relations with Russia, and 54 percent disapprove. It is stable every month since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. 73 percent of Democrats and 15 percent of Republicans approve.
A new poll shows that only 21 percent of Americans say they are “very confident” in Biden’s ability to cope with the situation in Ukraine; 39 percent say they have some confidence, and 39 percent say almost none.
Charles Penn, a retired factory worker in Huntington, India, is pleased with Biden’s performance on Ukraine.
“I think he’s fine,” Peng, 68, said of the president.
But overall Peng, an independent who leans toward Republicans, is frustrated with Biden and blames him for rising prices that pushed him to retire.
“In the long run, Democrats have ruined things by raising wages, such as moving from $ 7 an hour to $ 15 an hour,” Peng said, referring to Biden’s push for a sharp rise in the federal minimum wage. “On the other hand, if you had Republicans, they would cut my welfare.”
However, Peng believes Biden should pay the political price.
“He’s the captain of the ship, so he’s responsible,” Peng said of the president.
The AP-NORC survey of 1,172 adults was conducted May 12-16 using a sample taken from the AmeriSpeak panel based on the NORC probability, which is designed to represent the U.S. population. The tolerance of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.0 percentage points.
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