Biden gets poor marks on pivotal issues, like inflation, ahead of midterms: Poll

Biden gets poor marks on pivotal issues, like inflation, ahead of midterms: Poll

President Joe Biden received poor marks on items many Americans deem to be pivotal issues ahead of the midterm elections, including inflation, according to a new poll.

Only three in 10 Americans approve of the job Biden has done to fix inflation, the country’s top concern, according to the Monmouth University poll of 806 Americans, released Monday.

The president scored a 30% approval rating on his handling of inflation, a 32% approval rating on his handling of crime and a 31% approval rating on his handling of immigration — the three key issues named by Republicans surveyed in the poll.

Biden also earned low scores on the top concerns of Democrats polled. Just 30% of those polled approved of his work towards gun control and 31% approved of how he has handled abortion issues.

He garnered the highest approval rating for the way he managed the COVID-19 pandemic with half approving — but that issue was at the bottom of the minds of the majority of Americans polled last month.

America's Issue Priorities graph
Americans polled ranked inflation, crime and elections & voting as their top concerns.
Monmouth University

“Obviously, the Republicans are hitting away at issues where Biden – and by extension the Democratic Party – is weakest,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute. “But it’s also worth noting that Biden does not provide a rallying point for Democratic voters on some of the issues, such as abortion, that his party is leaning on to motivate its own base.”

President Joe Biden gives a double thumbs up
President Joe Biden earned poor approval ratings on issues that are top of mind for many Americans.
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Biden’s overall approval rating is net negative, with 54% disapproving of his presidency and 38% approving.

His rating has stayed about the same among Monmouth pollsters for months. It has hovered between 36% and 39% approval and 54% to 58% disapproval since the beginning of the year.

President Biden job approval rating from Jan 2021 to Sept 2022
Biden’s approval rating has hovered between 36% and 39% each month in 2022.
Monmouth University

About half of those surveyed also said Biden is doing worse than they believed he would as president.

Congress’s approval rating is even lower than the president’s. According to the poll, 66% of Americans disapprove of the job it is doing and only 23% approve. However, the rating has improved from its recent low of 15% to 78% in June.

The poll also found that just 23% of Americans believe the U.S. is heading in the right direction, while 74% said it has gone down the wrong path.

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