Poll tracking: Biden’s popularity drops 40% as economy remains top concern

President Joe Biden speaks on March 31, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  AFP/File
President Joe Biden speaks on March 31, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. AFP/File

United States President Joe Biden’s popularity in early July remained at 40% – close to the lowest level of his presidency – as economic fears continue to haunt the country, according to a report. Reuters/Ipsos Voting this week.

The results of a three-day online poll, which asked people, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president?” And ended Monday, showing a slight decrease from his 41% approval rating a month earlier, within the poll’s three percentage point margin of error.

21% of respondents cited the economy as their top concern, followed by crime or corruption at 15%. The White House in recent weeks has rolled out a series of programs aimed at addressing Americans’ frustrations about the economy in what it is promoting as the Democratic president’s “Bidenomics” agenda.

Biden’s rating is similar to his Republican predecessor Donald Trump’s 41% approval during his presidency, a relatively low number compared to his immediate predecessors, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican George W. Bush.

Respondents’ views on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Biden’s student loan forgiveness program last month were evenly split, with 49% supporting the decision and 48% opposing it. A majority – 60% – said they support the court’s move to end the use of affirmative action in college admissions.

Nearly 70% of respondents said they would support term limits for Supreme Court justices, including 85% of Democrats and 56% of Republicans. The survey was conducted after the High Court term, in which the court struck down Biden’s student loan plan along with college affirmative action programs.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English, and collected responses from 1,028 adults using a nationally representative sample. (Reporting by Josephine Walker; Editing by Scott Malone and Alistair Bell)


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