Biden’s approval rating at its lowest; Americans pessimistic about inflation and the economy
04/19/2022 // Mary Villareal // Views

President Joe Biden's approval rating falls at a new low, standing at only 33 percent among American adults, based on a Quinnipiac University poll released on April 13.

This is the second time that Biden has been rated this low, with the first time occurring in January.

Biden is seen in a drastically different light depending on the respondents' political affiliation. Independents gave him an approval rating of 26 percent, but he has a 76 percent approval rating for Democrats. As expected, he had a low rating from Republicans, at only three percent.

Among a smaller group of registered voters, Biden's approval rating stands at 35 percent. He was graded slightly higher when Americans were asked specifically about his handling of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Specifically, 39 percent said they approved of Biden's handling of the response, while 48 percent disapproved.

Most Americans generally want him and the U.S. to do more, with 68 percent agreeing that the country has a moral responsibility to stop the Russian forces from killing civilians in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, 74 percent of Americans believe that the worse is yet to come for Ukraine, and 82 percent believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a war criminal, with 10 percent saying otherwise.

Additionally, 71 percent of Americans believe Putin ordered Russian troops to kill civilians in Ukraine, and 14 percent said they don't believe so. (Related: Putin’s approval rating among Russians climbs as Biden’s approval rating with Americans hits new lows.)


Americans' downbeat view of the economy

Americans have a downbeat view of the economy since the recovery from the Great Recession, with some of their attitudes falling in line when the economy is at its lowest points.

According to a separate CNBC survey, about 47 percent of the public said the economy is "poor," which is the highest number in the category since 2012. Only 17 percent ranked the economy as excellent or good, the lowest since 2014.

Only one in five Americans say their personal financial situation is "getting ahead," which is the weakest in eight years. Most say that they are "remaining in place," and one in 10 say they are "falling backward."

Meanwhile, around 56 percent of respondents expect a recession in the next year – a level only achieved previously in the survey during an actual recession.

Micah Roberts, a partner at Public Opinion Strategies and the Republican pollster for the survey, said the angst that people feel was previously more about what was going to happen in the economy.

"We've now shifted into a new place where we're much more pessimistic about what's currently happening. There's no overwriting the pessimism in this survey. It is on every page, and it is inescapable," he said.

The survey of 800 Americans nationwide was conducted from April 7 to 10 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

With the president's approval rating sinking to a new low, the -15 percent net approval rating is measurably worse than his -9 percent approval in the CNBC survey in December. What's more, his approval rating on the economy dropped for a fourth straight survey to just 35 percent, with 60 percent disapproving.

Biden also saw double-digit declines on a year-over-year basis in economic approval among key constituencies who helped put him in office: women aged 18 to 49, people of color and younger Americans aged 18 to 35. (Related: Biden's approval rating bottoms out as vast majority of Americans see democracy "in danger of collapse.")

Jay Campbell, a partner in Hart Research and the Democratic pollster for the survey, said the problem is that the inflation issue is bipartisan. There are attitudes about the economy that are largely a partisan phenomenon, but this is not the case for inflation, which is the top issue for Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike.

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