A colossal 83 percent of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a new Gallup poll, as high gas prices, a baby formula shortage and collapsing stock markets threaten a Democratic wipe-out in November’s midterm elections.
The poll found that only 16 percent of Americans were satisfied with the state of the U.S. – 20 points lower than the satisfaction rating four months after President Joe Biden took office and a six-point drop since April.
The president’s own approval rating is flat lining at 41 percent. It has not been above 50 percent since last June.
In a commentary accompanying the findings, Gallup said the result was more gloom for a troubled administration.
The latest Gallup polls bring more gloom for President Joe Biden and Democrats less than six months ahead of the midterms. They found 83 percent of Americans believed the United States is heading in the wrong direction, amid spiraling prices and other crises
A colossal 83 percent of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to Gallup’s latest figures published on Tuesday
Biden’s approval rating is flatlining. It has not been at more than 50 percent in almost a year
‘With less than six months to go before the midterm elections, the public’s mood is sour, with few Americans satisfied with the direction of the country and approving of Congress, making the Democratic congressional majority extremely vulnerable,’ the polling organization says.
‘Biden’s approval rating is particularly weak among independents and is nowhere near the high level required (typically above 60 percent) for a president to stave off significant midterm losses in Congress.
‘The likelihood of a dramatic economic turnaround before November’s congressional elections appears slim, which puts pressure on Democrats to persuade voters to keep them in power despite the nation’s current struggles.’
The poll was conducted from May 2 to 22 at a time when inflation was near its highest point in 40 years, with gas prices way about $4 a gallon and as parents were coping with a shortage of baby formula.
This week, former President Bill Clinton tried to ride to Biden’s rescue, shrugging off the poor poll ratings and insisting his successor in the White House was motivated less by popularity than getting the job done.
The chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, an immigration crisis and spiraling inflation have sent Biden’s approval ratings into freefall.
Former President Bill Clinton defended President Joe Biden and his poor poll ratings. He said that the usual soundbites wouldn’t help Biden tackle the problems facing America. ‘But a get-the-job-done leader who cares more about the people than the polls, more about winning the future than rewriting history, will,’ he said in an essay for Time
A new poll on Monday offered fresh gloom for Biden, showing that some 40 percent of registered voters ‘strongly disapprove’ of his performance in the White House
But Clinton offered a rosier view, claiming the president ad delivered on his campaign promise to turn the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic and restore the U.S. to its rightful place in the world.
‘In his first 16 months in office, Joe Biden has done exactly what he said he would do if elected—help America overcome an unprecedented pandemic, rebuild a battered economy from the bottom up and middle out so that it works for all of us, and restore our standing in the world,’ he wrote in a piece for Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People of 2022.’
After celebrating how 575 million COVID-19 vaccinations had been delivered and 8.3 million jobs created, he turns his attention to the factors that are weighing down Biden in the polls.
‘We still face stern tasks, including taming inflation without causing a recession, and combatting violent crime,’ he added.
‘The usual sound bites and answers that dominate the news won’t help.
‘But a get-the-job-done leader who cares more about the people than the polls, more about winning the future than rewriting history, will.
‘That’s who Joe Biden is. And why I’m glad he’s on the job.’
Meanwhile the average price of a gallon of gas nationwide in the US is 51 percent higher than it was at the same time last year
Biden has shrugged off his poor ratings in the past, saying he doesn’t look at the polls or that they do not reflect how the American public supports his policies.
In January, he responded to a question about how he planned to win back moderates and independents who were unhappy with his performance by saying: ‘I don’t believe the polls.’
During a press conference, he went further as he was probed on whether his domestic spending agenda had been too ambitious.
‘You all really know the politics in this country and your networks and other issues spend a lot of time, which I’m glad you do, polling this data, determining where the, what the American people’s attitudes are, etc,’ he said.
‘The American people overwhelmingly agree with me on prescription drugs. They overwhelmingly agree with me on the cost of education.
‘They overwhelmingly agree with me on early education. They overwhelming, I can go on to list, on on child care.’
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