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President Joe Biden got some more bad news this week as he continues to deal with a series of foreign and domestic situations that some see spiraling out of control.
“Biden’s approval rating has dipped to a near low for his presidency, according to a poll, as he deals with a banking crisis, high inflation, and foreign policy circumstances that lawmakers even on the same side of the aisle can’t seem to agree on,” the Washington Examiner reported on Thursday, citing the survey.
According to the new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, President Biden’s approval rating has dropped to 38 percent, down from 45 percent in February and 41 percent in January. This puts his approval rating dangerously close to the lowest of his presidency when only 36 percent of people approved of his job performance in July 2021, as rising costs in gasoline, groceries, and other areas affected the nation.
The economy is the most significant factor in the low approval rating of the Biden administration, according to the poll. Only around 25 percent of people believe that the national economy is doing well or that the country is on the right track. Other issues, such as national security and healthcare, are also being emphasized to the Biden administration.
Not surprisingly, a majority of Republicans did not approve of Biden’s job performance, including his handling of the economy, while Democrats were more supportive. The poll indicated that 63 percent of Democrats approved of his handling of the economy, and 76 percent approved of his presidency.
However, those figures are declining among Democrats under the age of 45, possibly due to Biden’s failure to fulfill his environmental protection pledges, such as his approval of the Willow project in Alaska, the Washington Examiner noted, citing the poll.
As worries about a potential recession grow, particularly following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, the Biden administration is grappling to maintain stability, while the president contemplates when to reveal his plans for the 2024 election. If Biden ultimately decides to seek another term, which is widely anticipated, the economy is expected to be a significant factor in determining the election’s outcome, the outlet noted.
Earlier this week, a Monmouth University survey found Biden’s job approval was stagnant, and Vice President Kamala Harris had a low approval rating as the 2024 election creeps closer.
“The survey, released Tuesday, finds 41% of Americans approve of Biden’s job as president, while 51% disapprove, which is only a slight dip from Biden’s 43% approval rating in January (though the change is well within the poll’s margin of error). Just over a third of those surveyed — 36% — approve of Harris’ job as vice president, while 53% disapprove,” NBC News reported.
“But Biden and Harris still receive high marks from Democrats as Biden gears up for an expected re-election campaign launch this spring. Just 9% of Democrats disapprove of Biden and 86% approve of his job as president, while 76% approve of Harris and 16% disapprove,” the outlet added.
“There are some differences between the two, but on the whole, rank, and file Democrats seem to hold largely positive opinions of both the president and vice president,” Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray said in a statement.
Biden got another round of bad news last week after a string of polls found that voters do not want him to run for re-election in 2024.
A brand new Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that a majority of registered voters believe Biden is “too old for another term” in office. Almost seven out of 10 voters (68%) admitted that the 80-year-old president’s age is a problem for them.
Even worse, the poll shows more Democrats agree rather with that assessment. Roughly 48% of Democrat voters said Biden’s age is an issue, with just 34% saying the president’s age was not a concern for them.
The New York Post detailed more of the findings from the poll: “Eighteen percent of Democrats polled were not sure if Biden was too old for another term. Already the oldest president in US history, Biden would be 86 by the end of his second term if he were to win re-election in 2024. A majority of independents, 71%, also said that age 82 was too old to start a second term as president, which is how old Biden would be on his second Inauguration Day. Biden has not formally declared that he will run for a second term but he has said on several occasions that he intends to seek re-election.”