Biden's approval rating hits new low in his presidency

Biden’s approval rating hits new low in his presidency

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US President Joe Biden’s average approval rating has declined to a new low of 43.4 percent, according to a new analysis of polling. His disapproval stood at 50.6 percent in FiveThirtyEight’s average of polls, the highest of his presidency.

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Recently released polls from Gallup and Grinnell College have put Biden’s approval rating even lower, at 42 percent and 37 percent respectively. Biden’s approval rating particularly took a hit in August amid a messy withdrawal from Afghanistan, which culminated with the fall of Kabul to the Taliban and the death of 13 American service members in a bombing at Kabul airport.

Biden’s low performance also comes as the president is battling through an ambitious legislative and economic agenda that is bogged down in Congress. The Democratic president has pinned much of his domestic agenda on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and a massive domestic spending package.

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Even though the Democratic Party is in control of both house of Congress, Biden’s agenda is facing headwinds from the progressive wing of the party that has yet to reach a compromise. Biden and Democratic leaders had hoped to approve the infrastructure bill last month, but left-wing and moderate House members refused to hold a vote unless the legislation was accompanied by a larger reconciliation package.

Congress is now looking to hold a vote on the infrastructure bill and approve framework for the reconciliation package this week. Approval of Biden on the economy has corresponded almost perfectly with his overall approval rating– standing in the low 40s. In the early summer, it was in the low 50s — as was his overall ratings. 

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The decline comes as consumer confidence in the administration’s economic policy has considerably declined over the last six months. According to a Fox News poll released this week, 53 percent of Americans said they were extremely concerned about inflation and higher prices. No other issue topped 50 percent among the respondents’ list of concerns. 

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