Joe Biden on the brink: Approval rating plummets to lowest level of presidency – poll

Joe Biden needs to show 'US is in control' says expert

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The latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion survey suggested just 44 percent of US adults approved of Mr Biden’s performance in office. The poll carried out from September 15-16, suggested one-in-two Americans, or 50 percent of those surveyed, disapproved of his leadership.

The remaining six percent remained undecided on the 78-year-old.

Mr Biden officially took over the presidency at the end of January and has faced questions over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the US economy and most recently the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

The President has made mask-wearing mandatory in most public spaces and has driven the take up of the Covid vaccine.

Many Republicans argue the US President has been too slow in combatting the pandemic and keeping restrictions, including on travel, in place for too long.

The Democrat also unleashed a huge $1.9 trillion (£1.4 trillion) spending spree in March as part of a pandemic relief bill.

The measures extended emergency support for businesses and those on the unemployment benefits programme – but the huge stimulus package raised fears of rising levels of inflation.

Last month, President Biden’s economic plan suffered a major blow after job figures revealed just 235,000 vacancies were filled in August – the lowest for seven months.

The figure fell considerably short of the 1.05 million jobs created in July.

Labour market data also shows the number of people unemployed was down to 8.4 million – however, this is still above the pre-pandemic level of 5.7 million in February 2020.

Mr Biden said: “While I know some want to see a larger number today – so did I – what we’ve seen this year is a continued growth, month after month, in job creation.

“Some months are fewer, some months are more, but we’re always adding jobs. This is the kind of growth that makes our economy stronger and not boom or bust.”

President Biden has most recently drawn huge criticism from the international community over his chaotic withdrawal of military personnel from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover.

The Commander-in-Chief took a unilateral decision to remove troops from the region by the August 31 deadline and left allies to scramble to rescue civilians.

Polls suggest many Americans supported the withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years – but many disapproved of the way it was handled.

President Biden did, however, oversee the evacuation of more than 100,000 people from Kabul airport in just over two weeks.

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Despite taking a hit on his approval, President Biden still commands a higher rating than his predecessor at the same stage of their respective terms.

Eight months after entering office in 2017, 38 percent of Americans approved Donald Trump’s performance in office.

A huge 57 percent of US adults disapproved on his leadership at the time.

The latest Reuters/Ipsos online poll surveyed 1,005 adults, including 442 Democrats and 360 Republicans.
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