News: Biden losing Democrats and independents alike with poor post-pandemic economic recovery

Americans are losing confidence in President Biden’s ability to steer the US out of the Covid-19 pandemic. With Biden’s ratings in freefall, a new poll shows Democrats and independents both losing faith in an economic upturn.

Fewer than half of all Americans (44%) are confident that Biden can “ensure a quick post-pandemic economic recovery,” according to an Axios/Ipsos poll published on Tuesday.

While Democrats and independents are far more likely to believe this statement than Republicans, their trust is waning. Just 71% of Democrats trust Biden’s ability to get the economy back on track, compared to 86% at the beginning of his term in January. And 42% of independents say the same, compared to 51% in January. Republicans have been consistent in their disbelief, with 18% trusting Biden’s economic stewardship now, compared to 17% in January.

 

The numbers come at a dismal time for the US economy. Inflation is skyrocketing, with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen expecting high prices to continue into 2022. Gas prices are at record highs, monthly jobs numbers have come up short, and the country is plagued with supply-chain disruptions and food shortages.

Against this background, the latest poll is not the first to show that Biden’s popularity is in freefall. A Grinnell College poll last week put the president’s approval rating at 37%, with a Quinnipiac University poll the same week recording identical approval numbers. In both polls, roughly half of respondents disapproved of Biden’s performance, with the economy and illegal immigration crisis at the US southern border their main gripes.

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Biden promised on the campaign trail to “shut down the virus, not the economy,” and, despite the apparent lack of satisfaction among the public on the latter point, a majority of Americans (76%) still have confidence in the president’s ability to make Covid-19 vaccines widely available and distribute them quickly (70%).

However, with more than three in ten Americans yet to receive even a single dose of the vaccine, the Biden administration has turned to more coercive measures to bump up the inoculation rate, from implementing vaccine mandates for federal workers to threatening punitive fines on private companies that don’t do the same. 

Just two in 10 Americans are confident that any of this will convince skeptics to get the shot, however, and Ipsos US Public Affairs President Cliff Young told Axios that Biden is “focusing on the wrong problem” in trying to persuade or coerce these holdouts to get the jab. 

“The problem is not unvaccinated. The problem is convincing those who are vaccinated that they have the tools to navigate a Covid world ... [and reassuring] those who’ve been vaccinated that they can live a normal life again,” Young said. “People are confused. There’s no sense of what the endgame is.”

"Democrats have always been more worried about the pandemic” than Republicans, Ipsos Senior Vice President Chris Jackson told Axios. And, as a result, “they still don’t necessarily think they’re safe.”

 

Biden faces grim polling numbers as just 37% approve of job performance & his support among Independents crumbles

 

President Joe Biden is struggling in his approval ratings among Americans yet again, with new polling showing half disapprove of the job he’s doing, alongside a significant drop in support among Independents.

With supply chain issues, lagging jobs numbers, and a border crisis, among others weighing down Biden’s administration, low polling has become something of a regular occurrence, but his latest numbers show the president may be losing key support.

In a survey released Wednesday by Grinnell College, only 37% said they approved of the job Biden is doing as president, while half disapproved. His handling of specific issues caused a lack of faith as well, with only 27% approving of his handling of immigration, and just 36% approving of his job on the economy.


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While Biden’s support among Democrats remains strong, his standing with Independents appears to be falling. 

“In 2020 exit polling, President Biden won independent voters by a 54% to 41% margin,” pollster J. Ann Selzer said in the Grinnell College report. “If the election were held today, our poll shows former President Trump winning that group 45% to 28%. It is a massive shift in a demographic that helped carry Biden to victory less than two years ago.”

When asked whom they would vote for president if the election were held today, likely voters were split on Biden and Trump support, with 40% saying they would back each of the potential candidates. Others said they would cast their ballots for someone other than Trump or Biden. 

Biden critics have pointed to the latest disappointing poll as another sign public trust in the Democrat president is crumbling.

As some pointed out, the poll numbers are similar to the latest findings on Biden in a Quinnipiac University survey also released this week.  

 

 

In that poll, 37% said they approved of the president’s performance, while 52% disapproved. That study also found falling support with Independents, with 56% not supporting Biden’s agenda, while 28% indicated they do. Quinnipiac also found similar results in another poll earlier in the month.

In a separate Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday, over 60% of Americans said the administration and Biden were at least somewhat responsible for the current inflation crisis in the US, with a majority of Independents and Republicans agreeing Biden is at fault, and 41% of Democrats also agreeing.

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