President Joe Biden’s approval rating has been consistently lower than many of his predecessors at the same point in their terms, but that trend appears to be getting worse.
According to a new poll, the Democratic president continues to lose support among voters in his own party.
Economic concerns top the list
Reuters/Ipsos surveyed 4,420 adults between June 11-17 to determine his current approval rating. The polling sample included 2,015 Democrats and 1,583 Republicans.
Pollsters found that the economy has now replaced health care as the top area of concern for respondents. Overall, 48% of those surveyed said they approve of Biden’s handling of the economy compared to 43% who disapprove.
Those numbers show a four-point drop in approval compared to a similar poll conducted in April.
Additionally, only 35% of participants said that the U.S. economy is headed in the right direction with 44% expressing concerns that inflation will continue sending consumer prices higher. While these numbers reflect all respondents, the real surprise comes from those in the Democratic Party.
Even though 78% of Democrats still approve of Biden’s economic agenda, that number represents a seven-point decline since April. Likewise, the percentage of Democrats who disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy increased by six points over the same period.
Biden falters across the board
Columbia University political scientist Donald Green remarked that the president is “in a delicate position with respect to the economy” as he attempts to please a diverse coalition that “ranges from people in high tech sectors to suburban swing voters to more traditional Democrats” who “all want different things from the economy.”
The poll also revealed Biden’s popularity is waning among Democrats in other areas.
With regard to his gun control agenda, pollsters found that there has been an 11-point decline in the number of Democrats who express support. As for Biden’s plan to address “radical inequality,” the poll shows a six-point dropoff in Democratic support.
A similar decline came in response to his environmental agenda, which saw an eight-point drop among Democrats since the previous poll.
The trend was evident down the list, with a Reuters graphic revealing the Biden also lost Democratic support in areas including employment and jobs, international trade, taxation, immigration, and even COVID-19.