The new year has not brought any positive change to President Biden’s approval ratings.
A new CNBC/Change Research poll shows 56 percent of voters disapprove of the job the president is doing, while just 44 percent approve. By contrast, the survey found in April that 51 percent of poll respondents approved of Biden’s work and 49 percent disapproved.
As Biden approaches the anniversary of his inauguration and Democrats face an uphill battle to keep their narrow majorities in both the House and Senate later this year, voters are still unhappy with how the president has dealt with the economy.
The CNBC survey, which was conducted from Dec. 17 to 20, found that 60 percent of respondents were unhappy with how Biden is handling the economy overall. Seventy-two percent disapprove of how the president has handled the soaring prices of everyday goods, while 58 percent disapproved of Biden’s response to unemployment.
Last fall, prices of everyday goods and gasoline shot up due to inflation and supply chain backlogs. Gas prices have since slowly started to drop and level off, with the administration regularly touting the decreases.
Democrats have insisted inflation will similarly decrease and level out as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes. However, 78 percent of respondents said they believe high prices will not come down for a long time or will never come down at all. When asked who was to blame for inflation, a plurality (38 percent) pointed the finger at Biden, with 26 percent blaming the pandemic and 23 percent faulting corporations.
While a massive 84 percent of respondents said the prices of groceries are higher than a month ago, just 19 percent said they were making more money than they pulled in last year, with 55 percent earning about the same and 26 percent reporting earning less.
Biden’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic also received the thumbs-down from 55 percent of respondents, while just 45 percent approved. That’s a far cry from a separate CNBC survey taken in April, which found that 62 percent approved of the White House’s pandemic response.
The sour response comes as COVID-19 cases soar following the holidays — likely due to the highly transmissible, though less deadly, Omicron variant.
While most respondents (56 percent) said Biden deserves at least some credit for getting more than 201 million Americans vaccinated against COVID-19, 50 percent also said the administration has gone too far with its various vaccine mandates. Just 26 percent said the White House had the right approach, while 24 percent said it had not gone far enough.
The poll surveyed 1,895 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.3 percentage points.