Joe Biden’s approval rating falls to 41%. Seven in ten Americans say the economy’s in a ‘bad state’, as inflation soars

  • The approval rating of Joe Biden continues to fall in times of economic turmoil
  • According to a Sunday poll, Biden received 41% approval in a historic low. This is 11 points lower than April’s. 
  • 7 out of 10 people surveyed said the economy was in “bad shape”, which is an increase from 58%
  • Inflation continues to soar as the U.S. faces a worker shortage and supply chain crisis as the country continues to try and recover from COVID economic dips
  • Passage of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill did not boost Biden’s approval rating as anticipated

According to a Sunday poll, only 44% of Americans think Joe Biden does a great job.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Biden at 53 per cent disapproval and 41 per cent approval – down 11 points from the same poll in April.

This rapid slide is caused by a number of economic failures, such as a 31-year high inflation rate and high unemployment, along with a supply chain crisis right around the holidays.

The inflation rate has risen to 6.2% from October 2020. However, wages have increased by 4.9 percent since October 2020. 

Seven out of ten adults polled between November 7-10 said that the economy was in “bad shape”, a rise from the 58% who stated the same during the spring poll.

While 48 per cent of respondents say they blame Biden directly for inflation, Biden has 55 per cent disapproval and only 39 per cent approval for his handling of the economy overall – a six point drop since early September and a massive 13 point drop from April.

The disapproval rating of Biden on the economy is six percentage points higher than the former president Donald Trump’s high disapproval score in this area in September 2017. This according to the ABC News/Washington Post survey.

His overall approval rating for President is similar to that of his economic ratings.

When Trump hit a low economic approval, Republicans lost a whopping 40 seats in the House in the 2018 midterm elections – an eerie premonition as Democrats try to hold on to their slim majorities in Congress going into the 2022 midterms.

Joe Biden's approval rating continues to dive in the midst of economic crises, dipping to 41% in a new poll from 11 points higher in April

Joe Biden’s approval rating has continued to plummet in the face of economic crises. It dropped to 41% from an April poll that was 11 points higher

A poll revealed that 51% would vote for a Republican in their congressional district if the elections were held today. 41% would choose a Democrat.

This figure is the biggest lead for the GOP in 40 years – since the ABC/Post poll started asking this question in November 1981.

In the 110 polls, this is the 9th time in a row that Republicans have beaten Democrats. It is also only the second time that advantage has been significant – in January 2002 the GOP had a seven points lead.

The recent Virginia gubernatorial election in November was evidence of this shift. Glenn Youngkin, a GOP newcomer, defeated Terry McAuliffe (ex-Democratic Governor). This is a state that Biden won 10 points in 2020 but has been moving more blue in the past few elections. 

Biden won a victory after Congress passed the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. However, the win did not give him any boost in approval. This could allow his administration to push harder for the passage of the Build Back Better agenda, which includes large social and welfare spending. 

This poll shows that Biden’s keystone policy are more popular than they think.

The infrastructure bill is supported by 63 percent of Americans, while the spending bill for $2 trillion remains under discussion in Congress.

Just 31 per cent of adults feel that Biden is keeping his major campaign promises – and only 35 per cent feel he has accomplished much overall as president so far.

A poll of 1001 adults includes 882 responses. The margin of error is 3.5 percentage points.