Biden approval rating continues to plummet: ‘Battered on trust, leadership, competency’ in poll – New York Post


President Biden’s popularity continues to plummet over his foreign policy fiascos, inability to sell his keynote domestic agendas in his own party — and even his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows just 38 percent of Americans approve of the job Biden is doing, down from 42 percent in the same poll three weeks ago and 50 percent approval in mid-February.

“Battered on trust, doubted on leadership, and challenged on overall competency, President Biden is being hammered on all sides as his approval rating continues its downward slide to a number not seen since the tough scrutiny of the Trump administration,” Quinnipiac polling analyst Tim Malloy said in a statement summarizing the devastating findings.

The poll puts Biden underwater on his handling of every major issue. Approval of the president’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which Quinnipiac put at 65 percent in late May, was down to 48 percent in Wednesday’s poll. Disapproval of Biden’s handling of the pandemic, by contrast, has shot up to 50 percent from 30 percent in late May.

Biden also gets failing marks on the economy (39 percent approval, 55 percent disapproval), foreign policy (34 percent approval, 58 percent disapproval), and taxation (37 percent approval, 54 percent disapproval).

President Joe Biden leaves the White House.
More than half of pollsters say President Joe Biden is not effective at running the government.
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In addition, just 37 percent approve of the job he is doing as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, while 58 percent disapprove.

But the president’s worst issue score comes on his handling of immigration (25 percent approval, 67 percent disapproval) and specifically the ongoing migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border (23 percent approval, 67 percent disapproval).

A plurality of respondents (46 percent) say the administration is not being aggressive enough in deporting immigrants, while just 15 percent say the White House is being too aggressive with immigration enforcement.

Border Patrol agents on horses surround a group of Haitian immigrants on the bank of the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas on September 20, 2021.
Border Patrol agents on horses surround a group of Haitian immigrants on the bank of the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas on September 20, 2021.
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However, 51 percent disapprove of the Biden administration’s recent move to fly thousands of migrants back to Haiti from Texas without giving them a chance to apply for asylum, while just 37 percent approve.

Biden also received low marks for the botched US withdrawal from Afghanistan, with just 28 percent saying that the US did the right thing by pulling all forces out of the war-torn country and 65 percent saying the US should have either left some troops behind or not removed any forces at all.

On the question of overall competence, 55 percent of respondents believe the administration has not been effective at running the government, while 42 percent say it has been.

Biden’s everyman schtick appears to be wearing thin with voters as well. The poll finds that just 44 percent believe that Biden is honest (down from 53 percent in early February), with 50 percent disagreeing. When asked about the president as a leader, 41 percent believe Biden has good leadership skills (down from 54 percent in early February) while 56 percent do not.

Just 49 percent of respondents say that Biden “cares about average Americans”, down from 60 percent in early February.

But what may sound the loudest alarms in the White House are Biden’s numbers among self-described independent voters, just 32 percent of whom approve of the job the president is doing. By contrast, 60 percent of independents disapprove of Biden’s performance.

On the competence question, just 35 percent of independents say the administration has been effective at running the government, while 62 percent say it has not been.

U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command, provide assistance at an Evacuation Control Checkpoint (ECC) during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August, 21, 2021.
Only 28 percent of pollsters agreed with President Joe Biden’s rushed withdrawal of military troops from Afghanistan.
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Overall, nearly three-quarters of Americans (72 percent) say they are either somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied by the direction of the US, with just 28 percent saying they are very or somewhat satisfied. More than two-thirds (69 percent) assess the state of the economy as either “not so good” or “poor,” while just 29 percent say it is either “excellent” or “good”.

The poll surveyed 1,326 adults nationwide between Oct. 1 and Oct. 4. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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