Biden’s approval drops to lowest of his presidency at 39% and just TWO in 10 adults think US is heading in the right direction: 100 days after president’s last press interview, teacher asks if it can get ‘any worse’ in latest dire poll with inflation and baby formula crisis
- Only 39 percent of U.S. adults gave their approval to the president’s job in office
- Only 33 percent of Democrats say the country is headed in the right direction, down 16 point from 49 percent in April
- Biden’s approval among Democrats is 73 percent, a substantial drop from earlier in his presidency. He never polled below 82 percent among Dems in 2021
- Joe Biden’s support among Hispanic voters has halves in the past year
- In May 2021, 55 percent supported him; now only 26 percent approve of the job he is doing as president
- Biden was elected with a 59 percent majority of the Hispanic vote, with Donald Trump winning 38 percent – a significant gain for the Republicans
President Biden’s poll numbers dipped to 39 percent, the lowest of his presidency by The Associated Press polling, as hopelessness abounds within his own party ahead of November’s midterm elections.
Thirty-nine percent of U.S. adults gave their approval to the president’s job in office, according to the AP-NORC Center for Public Research poll, but even more noteworthy is that only 33 percent of Democrats say the country is headed in the right direction, down 16 point from 49 percent in April.
Biden’s approval among Democrats is 73 percent, a substantial drop from earlier in his presidency. By AP-NORC polling, Biden’s approval among Democrats never dropped below 82 percent in 2021.
Biden, pictured Friday with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, has polled at 39 percent approval, according to AP-NORC figures
Among an aggregate of recent polling, Biden’s approval is currently at 41.1 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Meanwhile, Friday marks 100 days since Biden last gave an interview to the press.
His last sit-down interview was with NBC’s Lester Holt ahead on Feb. 10 ahead of the Super Bowl.
Biden has held press conferences since then and taken questions from individual reporters (he averages about 10 per year), but has failed to sit down with a news outlet to give longer-form answers and allow for follow-up questions.
Biden has given 23 interviews so far into his administration, where by this point in their tenures President Trump had given 95 and President Obama had given a whopping 187.
The poll’s findings reflect a sense of dread as Americans are hit from all angles by 40 year-high inflation, sky-high gas prices and a sudden shortage of baby formula.
Friday marks 100 days since Biden last gave an interview to the press
His last sit-down interview was with NBC’s Lester Holt ahead on Feb. 10 ahead of the Super Bowl
On Thursday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged the president’s low poll numbers but said she still thought he was doing a great job.
‘The work that this president has done and he’s been a great president, I don’t know about polls but I do know about winning the races one district at a time,’ she said, asked if persistent issues would weigh on Democrats come the fall.
Only 2 in 10 Americans say the U.S. is headed in the right direction and 2 in 10 say the economy is good, both down from 3 in 10 one month ago. Republicans soured on Biden long ago, and 1 in 10 currently approve of his handling of the economy, no different from last month.
Overall, two thirds of Americans disapprove of the way Biden has handled the economy.
Just 18 percent of Americans say Biden’s policies have done more to help than hurt the economy, 51 percent say they’ve done more to hurt than help and 30% say they haven’t made much difference.
‘I don’t know how much worse it can get,’ said Milan Ramsey, a 29-year-old high school counselor and Democrat in Santa Monica, California, told the Associated Press.
Ramsey divulged that she and her husband have had to move back in with her parents to be able to afford to raise their infant son, but she does not think it’s Biden’s fault that she can’t afford the place where she grew up. She only blames him for not acting on climate change or to fix the health care system.
‘He hasn’t delivered on any of the promises. I feel like the stimulus checks came out and that was the last win of his administration,’ Ramsey said of Biden. ‘I think he’s tired — and I don’t blame him, I’d be tired too at his age with the career he’s had.’
And as the war between Ukraine and Russia drags on into its fourth month, a comparatively high 45 percent of Americans approve of Biden’s relationship with Russia, while 54 percent disapprove.
Just 21 percent have a ‘great deal of confidence’ in Biden’s ability to handle the Ukraine situation, while 39 percent have some confidence and 39 percent say they have hardly any.
Meanwhile, only 38 percent back Biden’s handling of immigration.
Manuel Morales, a 58-year-old Democrat and internet service technician in Moline, Illinois, said he is disappointed with scenes of migrants flooding across the border.
Himself a Mexican immigrant, Morales said that the U.S. needs to control its border in order to get any sort of amnesty for deserving undocumented migrants already in the country.
‘It’s impossible to bring the whole of Central America and Mexico into this country,’ he said.
The polling of 1,172 adults was conducted from May 12-18, and the margin of error is plus or minus 4.0 percent.
Biden has seen his support among Hispanics plummet in the past 12 months, with only 26 percent of those polled approving of the job he is doing in a new survey – a decrease of more than half.
The president was elected with a 59 percent majority of the Hispanic vote, with Donald Trump winning 38 percent.
In the first spring of his presidency, 55 percent of Hispanics said they approved of him, according to a May 2021 poll by Quinnipiac University.
But a new poll out this week shows that the support has fallen to just 26 percent.
His approval ratings fell below his disapproval ratings in August, and have only fallen further since then.
Donald Trump’s approval rating was almost as poor as Biden’s at the same point in his presidency, with an approval rating of 42.4.
Of the post-war presidents, only Gerald Ford was worse, at 39 percent approval.
Barack Obama was significantly higher, at just below 58 percent; George W. Bush was at an astonishing 72 percent.
Only 26 percent of Hispanics polled from May 12-16 said they approve strongly or approve somewhat of Joe Biden’s performance as president, according to a new poll
In May 2021, Biden had a 55 percent approval rating from Hispanics – only slightly down from the percentage who voted for him in November 2020
Biden’s handling of the economy came in for particularly strong criticism.
Only 27 percent of Hispanics approved of his economic policies – a more damning assessment than that delivered by the electorate as a whole.
Nationwide, 32 percent approve, while 63 percent disapprove.
Among Hispanics, inflation was ranked as the most pressing issue from a list of 11 topics – an assessment also shared by white and black voters.
Hispanic voters said that the Russian invasion of Ukraine was the second most pressing concern, followed by climate change and abortion.
White voters said abortion was the second most important issue, followed by election laws and immigration.
Black voters felt that racial inequality was the second most pressing concern, followed by abortion.
Members of the Cubans for Biden movement are seen campaigning in October 2020 in Miramar, Florida
Biden’s supporters in Florida are seen waving the Dominican flag at a rally in Miami in September 2020. Trump narrowly won the state, with the vote 51.2 percent to 47.9
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,586 U.S. adults nationwide from May 12-16, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.
The survey included 1,421 registered voters.
Hispanic voters are a large and diverse segment of the electorate and are not uniform in how they vote.
In Florida for example, many are Cuban-Americans who tilt more conservative.
In the American Midwest and West, a majority are of Mexican origin, have traditionally tended to vote Democrat, and live in swing states, including Arizona.
Hispanic supporters of Donald Trump are seen at a rally on the outskirts of Las Vegas in November 2020
Heading into the November midterms, the White House will need to focus on addressing voter concerns about rising inflation.
Annual inflation rate in the US slowed to 8.3 percent in April from a 41-year high of 8.5 percent in March, but less than market forecasts of 8.1 percent.
On Thursday – a day after suffering a more than 1,100-point drop, its worst of the year – the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 236.94 points, or 0.8 percent, at 31,253.13.
Gas prices hit a fresh record high Thursday, with the national average climbing to $4.58 a gallon, according to data tracked by AAA.
A White House spokesperson blamed high prices largely on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and said Latino families had benefited from Biden’s 2021 $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, which expanded the child tax credit, sent direct cash payments to most Americans, and bailed out businesses.
‘President Biden knows how higher prices can impact a family budget,’ the spokesperson said earlier this month.
‘This is why he is fighting every day to bring down gas prices and lowering kitchen table costs that are squeezing Latino families across the country.’
President Joe Biden speaks as Finland’s president Sauli Niinisto (L) and Sweden’s prime minister Magdalena Andersson (R) listen during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House on Thursday
Most economists say inflation is caused by a number of factors, largely beyond Biden’s control.
Global supply chain blockages have been a major cause of price hikes, while oil prices were spiking even before the war in Ukraine.
Many economists also say the Biden administration’s spending on COVID relief has fueled rising prices, but note that failure to bail out the economy would have led to a recession.