WASHINGTON – A majority of Americans now disapprove of President Joe Biden’s job performance, while half give him low marks for competence and for bringing the country together, according to the findings of the latest national report. NBC News Poll.
What’s more, the poll found that 7 in 10 adults, including nearly half of Democrats, think the nation is heading in the wrong direction, in addition to nearly 60 percent who see Biden’s oversight of the economy negative after nine Only months into his presidency.
A year before next year’s midterm elections, and less than a week before Virginia’s closely watched race for governor, Biden’s low profile has also taken its toll on his party: Democrats are tracking Republicans who do better with the economy, inflation and immigration, while they’ve slipped On issues such as education and the coronavirus.
“Democrats are facing a country whose view of President Biden has shifted sharply to negative since April,” said Democratic pollster Jeff Hurwitt of Heart Research Associates, who conducted the poll with Republican pollster Bill McIntorff of Public Opinion Strategies.
“The promise that Biden made to the Biden presidency – knowledge, competence, and stability in difficult times – has come into question,” Hurwitt continued.
Fellow Democrat Peter Hart added, “What people voted for is stability and calm, and what they get is instability and chaos.”
In the poll, 42 percent of adults said they approved of Biden’s public job as president — down 7 points since August, with much of the decline coming from key parts of the Democratic base.
That’s compared to 54 percent of those who said they disapproved of the president’s position, which is up 6 points since August.
Use Gallup Historical DataBiden’s approval rating in this poll (42 percent) is lower than any other recent first-year president at a similar time, with the exception of President Donald Trump (who averaged 37 percent approval in Fall 2017).
Among a narrower group of registered voters, Biden’s job rating stands at 45 percent who agree, 52 percent disapproval — down from 50 percent who agree, and 48 percent who disapproved two months ago.
The NBC News poll comes after a grueling summer and fall for the president in his first year, as he faced a new wave of coronavirus cases and deaths, the fallout from a chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan, rising inflation, disappointing job numbers and Democratic infighting. Biden’s legislative agenda.
However, recently, Covid-19 cases and deaths have begun to decline again, and Democrats on Capitol Hill have made progress on Biden’s legislative priorities, but they have not crossed the finish line.
The survey found that 40 percent of Americans approve of the president’s handling of the economy (down 7 points since August), and 51 percent approve of his handling of the coronavirus (down 2 points).
Perhaps most troubling for Biden, only 37 percent of adults rate him high — on a 5-point scale — for being competent and effective as president, and only 28 percent give him high marks for uniting the country.
By contrast, 50 percent give him low marks for being qualified, and 51 percent give him low marks for uniting the country.
Finally, Biden’s positive/unfavorable rating in the poll (40 percent positive, 48 percent negative) is nearly identical to Trump in the same poll (38 percent positive, 50 percent negative).
This is a change from the 2020 general election, when Biden’s positive/unfavorable rating was significantly higher than Trump’s.
71 percent say the nation is on the wrong track
And in an NBC News poll, 71 percent of Americans said they think the country is headed in the wrong direction, up 8 points since August.
This includes 93 percent of Republicans, 70 percent of Independents, and even 48 percent of Democrats.
“When you see a 71 percent wrong path, that’s a flashing red light,” said McIntorff, a Republican pollster. “These people are telling us this is not going well.”
When asked about the country’s future, only 41 percent of survey respondents said America’s best years lie ahead, while 53 percent said its best years are overdue.
Despite this pessimism, the survey shows signs of optimism about the coronavirus and the economy.
The majority of respondents – 56 percent – think the worst is over when it comes to the coronavirus, which is up 18 points from August, when the delta variable began to rise across the country.
And 30 percent of Americans say they are getting ahead when it comes to their financial situation, while 45 percent say they are staying where they are. That’s compared to 24 percent of those who said they’re regressing or regressing.
Looking forward to 2022
Looking at the 2022 midterm elections, which take place a year from now, 47 percent of registered voters say they prefer the Democratic-controlled Congress, while 45 percent say they want Republicans in power — essentially unchanged since August.
But the Republican Party has a huge enthusiasm advantage at this point in the election cycle, with 69 percent of Republicans expressing a high level of interest in the midterm elections (on a scale of 1 to 10), versus 58 percent of Democrats. The level of interest.
When asked which party deals best with certain issues, Republicans have double-digit advantages with regard to border security (by 27 points), inflation (24 points), crime (22 points), national security (21 points), and the economy (18 points). ). Being effective and getting things done (13 points).
By contrast, Democrats have double-digit edges on abortion (by 10 points), coronavirus (12 points) and climate change (24 points), but all of these advantages are less than those the party enjoyed during the 2020 election.
Will Trump be a factor – or not?
Finally, the poll found that 20 percent of registered voters say their vote in 2022 would be a signal of opposition against Trump, and 21 percent said it would be a signal of opposition to Biden.
A majority of voters – 52 percent – say their vote would not be a reference to Trump or Biden.
“Few to me suggests that Trump, a year into the election, is a unique figure leading the vote,” McIntorff said.
The NBC News Poll It was conducted October 23-26 among 1,000 adults – 650 of whom were only reached by mobile phone – and the overall margin of error is more than minus 3.1 percentage points.
The margin of error for the 820 registered voters is more than minus 3.4 percentage points.