Biden’s approval rating dips below 40% in new poll

In the wake of a disastrous U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden’s approval rate continues to hit new lows.

According to a new Economist/YouGov poll cited by the Daily Caller, Biden’s overall approval is at just 39%.

Sagging numbers across the board

The survey was conducted between Saturday and Tuesday and included responses from 1,500 U.S. adults to questions on a wide range of topics — including Biden’s performance in office so far.

Pollsters found that 19% of respondents “strongly approve” and another 20% “somewhat approve” of the job he has done while in office.

On the other hand, nearly 4 in 10 said they “strongly disapprove” of Biden’s performance and 11% “somewhat disapprove.” The remaining 12% indicated that they were unsure.

Beyond the Afghanistan debacle, Biden is facing low poll numbers based on his response to various issues, including COVID-19 and the economy.

Regarding the ongoing pandemic, 45% disapprove of his administration’s policies compared to 42% who approve. The Daily Caller reported that this poll marked the first time disapproval was higher than approval on the topic of COVID-19.

Contributing factors

A recent report likely exacerbated the problem by showing that this Labor Day saw a 300% increase in coronavirus cases compared to the same holiday last year despite the widespread availability of vaccines and Biden’s promise to get the virus under control.

As for the economy, pollsters found that more people disapprove than approve — by a margin of 47% to 40%. Given the concerns about inflation and a recent report that showed about 500,000 fewer jobs than expected last month, it is perhaps unsurprising that the president is also underwater on this important topic.

Although this poll represents Biden’s worst approval rating thus far, it does not appear to be an outlier. In fact, the results are in line with a downward trend documented in a series of polls conducted in recent weeks and months.

The RealClearPolitics polling aggregator shows the president with a net favorability rating of -3.6 percentage points, revealing the difference between his average favorability rating — 46% — and unfavorability rating — 49.6%.

While it is clear that Biden is on the wrong track as he attempts to address multiple pressing domestic and foreign policy issues, it remains to be seen whether he has the ability or the will to reverse course.

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