Biden approval drops to lowest of presidency: Reuters/Ipsos poll By Reuters
By Chris Kahn
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Public approval of U.S. President Joe Biden has dropped to the lowest level of his presidency, with Americans appearing to be increasingly critical of his response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.
The national poll, conducted Sept. 15-16, found that 44% of U.S. adults approved of Biden’s performance in office, while 50% disapproved and the rest were not sure.
Biden’s popularity has been declining since mid-August as the U.S.-backed Afghan government collapsed and as COVID-19-related deaths surged across the country.
Although most Americans approve of Biden’s recent order to require masks and vaccines to stop the spread of the Delta virus, some Republicans criticize what they see as an excessive response by the White House.
The weekly poll showed the number of Americans who approved of Biden’s response to the pandemic dropped below 50% for the first time: About 48% approved of the president’s COVID-19 policies, while 46% disapproved.
At the same point in Donald Trump’s presidency, about 38% of Americans approved of his performance in office, while 57% disapproved.
The Reuters/Ipsos online poll was conducted in English all across the United States. This latest poll collected responses from 1,005 people, including 360 Republicans and 442 Democrats. The credibility interval is a measurement of precision and accuracy of four percentage points.
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