Biden approval drops to 41 percent in latest Pew survey

President Biden arrives for a Democratic caucus luncheon at the Senate Russell Office building to discuss voting rights and filibuster reform on Thursday, January 13, 2022.
Greg Nash

President Biden’s approval rating dropped to 41 percent in the latest Pew Research Center survey as the president hemorrhages support with key voting groups.

The Pew survey, published Tuesday, found Biden’s approval rating was down from 44 percent in September and significantly lower than the 59 percent approval rating he had in April.

“Biden’s job approval numbers have declined across most demographic groups since September,” the survey found.

The Pew survey found Biden’s approval had dropped by 7 percentage points among Democrats and Democratic leaners since September.

Among Black adults, a key demographic that helped propel Biden to the Democratic presidential nomination and the White House, 60 percent approve of Biden’s job performance, down from 67 percent in September, the poll found.

Biden’s approval among Hispanic and Asian adults remained largely unchanged from the September Pew survey.

The poll also showed tough news for Biden on his handling of key issues. 

Forty-four percent approve of Biden’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, once a strong point for his presidency, as the omicron variant surges across the country.

On the economy, 44 percent said they are confident in Biden’s ability to make good decisions about economic policy, compared to 55 percent who said they are not confident.

And just 30 percent of respondents said they are confident in Biden’s ability to bring the nation closer together, something the president made a central premise of his campaign after a tumultuous four years under the Trump administration.

The Pew study surveyed 5,128 adults in the U.S. who are part of Pew’s American Trends Panel. The survey was conducted from Jan. 10 to Jan. 17, meaning it concluded the day Biden delivered a speech on voting rights and Senate rules changes in Georgia.

The poll results are part of a broader trend of tough polling news for Biden, who has been stuck in something of a spiral since the messy U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in August.

His average approval rating at the time was 48 percent, according to RealClearPolitics, but that number has steadily declined into the low 40 percent range since.

The months since have seen rising inflation and surging coronavirus infections, even as administration officials argue there are strong economic indicators and the country is better off than it was a year ago when Biden took office.

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