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Biden approval rating drops to 43%, lowest of his presidency: Reuters/Ipsos poll

CoronavirusJan 20, 2022 05:35PM ET
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By Jason Lange

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden's public approval rating fell to the lowest level of his presidency this week as Americans appeared exhausted by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic toll, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.

The national poll, conducted Jan. 19-20, found that 43% of U.S. adults approved of Biden's performance in office, while 52% disapproved and the rest were not sure. The prior week's poll had put Biden at a 45% approval rating and 50% disapproval.

After holding above 50% in his first months in office, Biden's popularity began dropping in mid-August as COVID-19 deaths surged across the country and the U.S.-backed Afghan government collapsed.

The ongoing slump in Biden's popularity is ringing alarm bells https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-must-tighten-focus-economy-pandemic-before-midterms-democrats-say-2022-01-19 in his party, with Democrats worried dissatisfaction could cost them their congressional majorities in Nov. 8 elections. If Republicans take control of either the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate, Biden's legislative agenda could be doomed.

In a rare news conference on Wednesday, Biden acknowledged Americans' frustration at the close of his first year in office. But he vowed to make progress fighting considerable challenges from the pandemic and inflation, which hit a near 40-year high in December as the health crisis snarled global supply chains.

The weekly poll showed the top issues concerning Americans were the economy and public health.

At the same point in Donald Trump's presidency, about 37% of Americans approved of his performance in office, while 59% disapproved.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll is conducted online in English throughout the United States. The latest poll gathered responses from a total of 1,004 adults, including 453 Democrats and 365 Republicans. It has a credibility interval - a measure of precision - of 4 percentage points.

Biden approval rating drops to 43%, lowest of his presidency: Reuters/Ipsos poll
 

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Pilot TwoFive
Pilot TwoFive Jan 20, 2022 9:10PM ET
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Reuters poll, of course..  Pfff…..Every other poll has him at 33%.  Is there anything you leftists won’t lie about?
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Andrew Allen Jan 20, 2022 9:10PM ET
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reality is the antithesis of leftist ideology
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so now you are telling me poll numbers (other than Reuters) are believable again?
 
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