President Joe Biden is dealing with constant but unfavorable evaluations of his leadership and the state of the nation’s economy in the wake of his party’s better-than-expected victory in the midterm elections.
According to a recent AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, 43% of American adults approve of how Vice President Joe Biden is managing his presidency, while 55% disapprove.
That is comparable to October, only a few weeks before the elections on November 8 that most Americans viewed as crucial for the future of their nation.
Only around a quarter of respondents believe that the country is moving in the right direction or that the economy is doing well.
Both metrics were more positive over much of Biden’s first term but largely negative over the year as inflation tightened its hold.
Although Mishana Conlee attempts to remain upbeat about the year ahead, she believes things are going south because “our president is incompetent” and not mentally fit for the office.
The 44-year-old South Bend, Indiana, resident said she is dissatisfied with the escalating costs because she works as a dietary assistant at a nursing facility and lives paycheck to paycheck.
Conlee lamented, “I just can’t get ahead no matter how hard I work.” That’s all there is to it.
Conlee, an independent who voted for the former president Donald Trump, said that she does not hold Biden responsible for the inflation situation but added, “I feel like he’s not doing anything to address it.” Biden is “not helping us at all.”
In its second year in office, the Biden administration saw economic expansion, a string of legislative victories, and a fraction of midterm election victory for the president’s party.
But the cynical public hasn’t yet responded with favorable evaluations.
The 56-year-old Sarah Apwisch referred to the administration’s infrastructure and computer chip technology investments and remarked, “I don’t see why his approval ratings are so low.”
Apwisch, a former Republican who is now a Democrat, acknowledges that it has been “a rough year” and that prices have gone up, but she is optimistic in light of the election results because she is concerned about the impact of the “Make America Great Again” movement on the GOP.