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Biden's Approval Rating Continues To Drop

'I believe this is a reflection of the high level of uncertainty everywhere, the war in Ukraine, inflation, COVID-19, and more,' said pollster

Among the numerous polls released this week, one of the most trusted polls among Democratic lawmakers shows that Biden continues to lose the approval of most Americans.

The Grinnell College National Poll (Grinnell-Selzer) reveals that nearly 6 in 10 Americans believe the economy will deteriorate in the next 12 months. This statistic is the highest number recorded in the poll’s history. The pessimism about the American economy may be impacting President Biden’s approval ratings overall.

The poll findings are a partnership between Grinnell College and renowned pollster J. Ann Selzer of Selzer & Company

The poll indicates that only 34% approve of Biden’s job as President, while 52% disapprove and 14% have no opinion. 

It goes on to show that 37% approve of Biden’s handling of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, 47% approve of his handling of Covid-19, and 31% approve of his job with the economy. 

The poll shows that a record low 27% of Americans believe the economy will get better in the next year. This number is significantly lower than March of 2021, which showed that 47% felt this was at the time. 58% of the poll’s respondents believe the economy will worsen in the next twelve months. A majority of Americans, 57%, disapprove of Biden’s handling of the U.S. economy.

Biden still captures a majority of his own party as 70% approve of his job performance, while 89% of Republicans disapprove. 

 J. Ann Selzer of Selzer & Company said, “It’s interesting to me that the ‘not sure’ factor is as high as it is. It seems unlikely that Joe Biden isn’t well known enough to make a judgment. I believe this is a reflection of the high level of uncertainty everywhere – the war in Ukraine, inflation, COVID-19 and more.” 

The poll showed a higher bipartisan agreement regarding the war in Ukraine. The polls showed almost no difference in the opinions of Democrats or Republicans in the matter. Roughly 70% of respondents oppose sending U.S. troops into Ukraine, and 52% are against the U.S. enforcing a no-fly zone over Ukraine. 

Danielle Lussier, a professor of political science from Grinnell College, said, “More than 70% of Americans stand behind the current U.S. response to the war, but only 37% of Americans approve of the job the President is doing handling this issue. There is a disconnect. We see broad support for the approach the President has taken — sending weapons but not troops — but the population doesn’t want to give Biden credit for it.

The Grinnell College National Poll was conducted March 15–20, 2022, for Grinnell College by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, Iowa, and included 1002 respondents.

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