Joe Biden’s endorsement hits new one-year low: AP-NORC poll

By on January 20, 2022 0

President Joe Biden ends his first year in the White House with a clear majority of Americans disapproving for the first time of his handling of the presidency in the face of an unrelenting pandemic and runaway inflation, according to a new Associated Press poll- NORC Public Affairs Research Center.

More Americans disapprove than approve of how Biden handles his job as president, 56% to 43%. Right now, only 28% of Americans say they want Biden to run for re-election in 2024, including just 48% of Democrats.

Asked at a high-profile press conference Wednesday about his waning popularity, Biden replied, I don’t believe the polls.

It’s a sharp reversal from the start of Biden’s presidency.

In July, 59% of Americans said they approved of Biden’s professional performance in an AP-NORC poll. His approval rating fell to 50% in late September following the chaotic and bloody withdrawal of the US military from Afghanistan and amid surging coronavirus infections and the administration’s erratic efforts to push through the economic, infrastructure and fiscal policies by Congress.

The latest poll shows Americans’ confidence in Biden’s handling of the pandemic, seen as a strength early in his administration, has eroded further as the omicron variant strains the healthcare system and further strains a American electorate who had hoped that life would return to a semblance. normalcy now.

Only 45% say they approve of Biden’s handling of COVID-19, down from 57% in December and 66% in July 2021.

Americans are even more optimistic about his handling of the economy, with just 37% approval. Growing angst over his economic policies comes as inflation rose at its fastest pace in nearly 40 years last month, a 7% spike from a year earlier that is boosting household spending and eats away at wage gains.

Joyce Bowen, 61, of Knoxville, Tennessee, said Biden deserved credit for encouraging Americans to get vaccinated, but she expressed frustration with the administration’s response to soaring inflation .

The part-time housekeeper at a public library said she and her older brother, whom she helps support, are eating less meat to offset rising grocery costs and intermittent spikes at the pump. gasoline that reduced the purchasing power of his $754 fortnightly salary.

It’s just hard to keep food on the table and gas in the tank, said Bowen, who voted for Biden but said she’d rather he didn’t run again in 2024.

Only about a quarter were very confident that Biden had the mental capacity to serve effectively as president or was healthy enough to serve effectively as president. Nearly half lack confidence in Biden’s mental capacity or health.

Asked by a reporter at Wednesday’s press conference about other polls that show a significant percentage of Americans worry about Biden’s mental health, the president ignored those findings.

Gary Cameron, 66, of Midwest City, Oklahoma, said the president’s verbal gaffes and the age of 79 that Biden is the oldest U.S. president in history don’t give him confidence that Biden has the skills or energy to pull the country out of its malaise.

Every time he makes a speech on TV, in your mind you think God, is this guy even going to make it through that speech? said Cameron, an independent who voted for Donald Trump in 2020.

Other respondents said Biden’s age and accompanying life experience proved to be an asset.

Nicole Jensen-Oost, 79, of Plano, Texas, said Biden has shown leadership and empathy throughout the pandemic as she speaks about her own personal grief.

Biden frequently discusses the death of his first wife and daughter in a 1972 car accident and the loss of an adult son to cancer as he seeks to reassure Americans who have lost loved ones because of the virus.

This man has heart, said Jensen-Oost, a Democrat and among the minority of respondents who said Biden was healthy enough to serve effectively as president. He is compassionate and the country needs him right now. We haven’t seen much compassion in the previous four years.

The poll shows that only about a quarter of Americans think the phrase strong leader describes Biden very well, while many say it’s a pretty good description. About half say he is not a strong leader. Opinions on Biden’s understanding of the needs and issues of people like you are similar.

Only 16% think Biden’s presidency has made the country more united; 43% think it’s more divided.

Harlan Epstein of Cleveland did not vote for Biden but hoped the 46th president, who has marketed himself to American voters as a consensus builder, would rule from the ideological milieu.

But Epstein, an independent, said Biden’s push for a $2 trillion bill on climate spending and social services and his efforts to force big employers to demand their workers get vaccinated or undergo regular testing undermined Biden’s centrist reputation.

He must shrink his far-left wing and start focusing on moderate policies, Epstein said.

Some on the left were also frustrated with Biden.

Legislative victories in the president’s first year included passing a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package and a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, but he didn’t failed to push through its domestic spending initiative.

Zachary Lindahl, 34, of Raleigh, North Carolina, said he was disappointed that Biden was unable to pass the spending program dubbed Build Back Better, as Democratic Sens. West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema balk at cost and reach.

It started well with them passing the $1,400 checks, Lindahl said, referring to the stimulus payments that were part of the coronavirus relief package enacted early in Biden’s term. But over time, it became a bit more of the status quo. Any great idea, they’re willing to jeopardize it until there’s nothing left.

All is not lost for Biden: Many continue to be at least somewhat positive towards the president, his character and his government.

The new AP-NORC poll shows Biden in a better position than Trump was at a similar stage in his presidency. In February 2018, just 35% of Americans said they approved of Trump.

Overall, however, 28% of Americans say they have a great deal of confidence in Biden to effectively run the White House, up from 44% who said so a year ago, just after Biden took office. Another 33% say they have some confidence, while 38% say they have almost no confidence in Biden to handle executive power.

The Reverend Joseph Courtney, 32, an Episcopal chaplain in Los Angeles, said Biden was in some ways pretty much the president he expected, bringing some confidence to the electorate by empowering experts and scientists to combat health and economic crises caused by the pandemic.

But Courtney said Biden has yet to deliver on his promise to reach a consensus with Republicans or even with some of his Democratic party’s more conservative lawmakers. Biden, on the campaign trail, said his experience of more than 36 years in the Senate and eight years as vice president would help him rebuild broken politics in Washington.

He keeps getting tricked time and time again, Courtney said. “I don’t understand precisely what he adds to the presidency that would make me want to support him for another term.

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