Biden’s Troubling Year

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This is not a good sign.

President Biden’s first year in office has been mired by a disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, controversial legislation, and, most recently, the fastest inflation growth in nearly four decades, all of which has culminated in the President’s approval rating remaining in negative territory.

According to a national poll by Quinnipiac University conducted between January 7th and 10th, the President’s approval rating has reached 33%, which is three points lower than Quinnipiac’s last survey in November, when Biden’s approval ratings were unchanged from previous polls.

Polling website FiveThirtyEight recently averaged Biden’s approval ratings from reputable polling organizations which included data collected from Rasmussen Reports, Quinnipiac University, and YouGov –– among others. The averaging revealed Biden had a 42.3% approval and 51,4% disapproval rate.

The Quinnipiac poll, which received an A- score from FiveThirtyEight –– and included a sample of 1,313 participants –– revealed the President is performing dismally in three core issues. His approval rating on the pandemic was 39%, followed by foreign policy at 35%, and the economy trailing at 34%.

These figures are a sharp decline to Biden’s first few months in office when his average approval rating peaked at 55% and remained in the low-50s until August 30. August 30 marks the first time Biden’s disapproval rating overtook his approval rating, which many attribute to his handling of the U.S. exit from Afghanistan and the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Since September, the President’s approval rating has continued its steady decline spurred by the CDC reinstating a mask mandate for fully vaccinated in October and a surge in consumer prices.

Quinnipiac’s most recent poll also reveals that Biden hasn’t met expectations. Only 50% of those polled said the President was doing what they expected, 39% said he was doing worse than expected, and 7% believed he did better than expected.
Many of those polled also believe Biden is dividing the country, as nearly half (49%) believed Biden is doing more to divide America, compared to 42% who said he was doing more to unite the country.