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Biden's approval rating touches a new low

posted onJune 15, 2022

A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll published on Tuesday (June 14) found that approval of US President Joe Biden has declined to just 39%. A 59% majority of Americans disapprove of Biden's job performance, the two-day national poll found.

Biden's approval rating has been below 50% since August, raising alarms that his Democratic Party is on track to lose control of at least one chamber of Congress in the Nov. 8 midterm election.

In a sign of weakening enthusiasm among Democrats, Biden's approval rating within his own party fell to 74% this week, down from about 85% in August. Only 11% of Republicans approve of his job in office, largely unchanged from August.

If Republicans can take control of just one chamber of Congress, they will be able to stymie Biden's agenda for the two years leading up to the 2024 presidential election.

Biden has been dogged this year by issues like soaring inflation, war in Ukraine, supply chain disruption, and higher fuel prices.

Annual inflation rate in the world's largest economy unexpectedly accelerated to 8.6% last month, the highest since December of 1981 and compared to market forecasts of 8.3%. Energy prices soared by 34.6%, the most since September of 2005, due to gasoline (48.7%), fuel oil (106.7%, the largest increase on record), electricity (12%, the largest 12-month increase since August 2006), and natural gas (30.2%, the most since July 2008). Food costs surged 10.1%, the first increase of 10% or more since March 1981. 

Excluding food and energy prices, core consumer prices climbed by 0.6% in May, matching the growth seen in April. Core prices were expected to rise by 0.5%.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll of 1,005 adults (including 443 Democrats and 364 Republicans) was conducted online in English throughout the United States.

The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.0 percentage points.


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