Approval of President Joe Biden has dipped to near the lowest point of his tenure in office, a poll released Thursday reveals.
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research conducted the polling and the results chart fluctuations in voter support for Biden over recent months.
The president notched an approval rating of 38 percent in the poll, after 45 percent said they approved in February and 41 percent in January. His ratings hit their lowest point of his presidency last July, at 36 percent, as the full weight of rising gasoline, food and other costs began to hit U.S. households.
The polling further sets out doubts surround the president’s handling of the national economy and his ability to project authority as he charts the nation’s economic course in an increasingly troubled world marked by inflation and bank failures.
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Just 31 percent approve of Biden’s economic stewardship, hovering where it’s been over the course of the last year.
Biden has previously lashed out at voters blaming him for inflation and economic misfortunes, as Breitbart News reported.
“I’m sick of this stuff… The American people think the reason for inflation is the government spending more money,” Biden angrily said in a rambling speech 12 months ago at a Democrat policy retreat about issues facing his presidency.. “Simply. Not. True.”
Despite his protestations, the 80-year-old’s handling of the nation’s economic fortunes has been a weak point at least since late 2021, when the inflation the administration had suggested was transitory became a bigger load for businesses and families.
Biden told Americans inflation would be “temporary” exactly one year ago today. https://t.co/FYcnTDsyEw
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) July 19, 2022
The AP numbers set out further differences in perceptions of Biden’s economic leadership:
The difference between Biden’s approval overall and his approval on the economy is driven largely by Democrats, 76% of whom say they approve of how he’s handling his job as president while 63% approve of his handling of the economy. Few Republicans approve of Biden on either count.
Democrats under the age of 45 feel less positive about Biden, causing a drag on his approval ratings. Just 54% approve of the president’s economic leadership, compared to 72% of Democrats older than 45. Similarly, just 66% of Democrats under 45 approve of Biden overall, compared to 85% of older Democrats.
The poll of 1,081 adults was conducted Mar. 16-20 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.0 percentage points.