by Eric Lendrum
Joe Biden’s approval rating has fallen even further in another mainstream poll, returning once more to the 30s in approval.
The Hill reports that Biden scored a mere 37 percent approval in the latest ABC News and Washington Post poll, with 55 percent disapproving of his performance. The remaining seven percent had no opinion one way or the other. The same poll back in November recorded a 41 percent approval rating.
This is the second major poll in 2022 to record an approval rating in the 30s for Biden; in January, a Quinnipiac University poll produced Biden’s absolute lowest approval numbers yet, with just 33 percent approving of his performance.
The primary concern from most respondents was the economy, with inflation continuing to skyrocket at levels not seen in decades. Consumer prices increased at an annual rate of 7.5 percent at the end of January, the highest such rate since February of 1982. The trend has been reflected in unusually high prices for gasoline, groceries, and other basic necessities.
According to the poll, just 37 percent of Americans said that they approve of Biden’s handling of the economy in particular, while 58 percent disapprove; a 21-point deficit for Biden. Along the same lines, 54 percent said they believe the Republican Party is more capable of fixing the economy than the Democrats, while 35 percent said they trust the Democrats more.
Perhaps the most crushing numbers in the poll for Biden come from the question on the current state of the economy. Overall, 75 percent of respondents have a negative view of the economy, with 36 percent calling it “not so good” and 39 percent calling it “poor.” Only 21 percent called the economy “good,” and a mere three percent said it was “excellent.”
Respondents overwhelmingly place the blame for the current state of the economy on Biden, with 54 percent saying that it got worse under his watch; only 17 percent said it has improved since he came to power. An additional 27 percent believe it has remained roughly the same.
The poll has a sample size of 1,011 Americans, including 904 registered voters, and was conducted between February 20th and February 24th. The findings are just the latest indication that the Democratic Party is facing an electoral wipeout in the November midterms, especially if the economy remains the top concern for most voters.
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Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.
Photo “Joe Biden” by The White House.