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Biden's Approval Nearing Record Low

The lower approval rating comes as Americans grapple with rising inflation consumer prices

A new poll reveals that President Biden’s approval rating hit a near-record low as Americans become even more frustrated with the nation’s economy.

The ABC News and Washington Post poll shows that only 37% of Americans firmly or partially approve of how Biden is handling his job as President. This number is compared to 55% who disapprove. Seven percent said they had no direct opinion or were undecided.

The President’s latest approval rating is at a four percent drop from November polling. At that time, ABC News and the Washington Post found that Biden had a 41% approval rating among Americans. 

The drop in approval is not the President’s lowest number. In January, a Quinnipiac University poll of American voters found the President had a 33% approval rating.

February’s polling numbers come as Americans grapple with economic frustrations. Consumer prices increased 7.5% annually at the end of January, the most rapid rate since February 1982.

Inflation in the U.S. has risen steadily since the middle of 2021 as the economy rebounded from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roughly 54% of those polled said they trust Republicans to better handle the nation’s economy, while 35% said they would trust Democrats’ handling of the economy. Seven percent said they had no trust in either party; three percent said they had no opinion, and one percent said they trusted both.

Only three percent of those polled said the state of the U.S. economy is currently “excellent.” About 21% said the economy was “good,” while 36% said “not so good,” and 39% said it was “poor.” 

A majority of Americans say the economy has gotten worse under Biden’s leadership. Of those polled, 54% said the economy had gotten somewhat or much worse since Biden was elected, while only 17% said it had gotten much or somewhat better. Of those polled, 27% said it had remained the same, with about one percent stating they had no opinion.

The ABC and Washington Post poll surveyed 1,011 adults, including 904 registered voters, between Feb. 20 and Feb. 24. The margin of error is plus or minus four percent.

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