While President Biden may wish to blame Russian President Vladimir Putin for the soaring cost of inflation, a new NBC News poll clearly shows Americans are blaming Biden, as his most recent approval rating on the economy tanks to a new 33 percent low.
In the joint survey between Hart Research Associates and Public Opinion Strategies for NBC News, pollsters found that “cost of living” and “jobs and the economy” topped the list of concerns among participants, followed by the war in Ukraine.
Of those surveyed, 63 percent said they disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economy, up from 60 percent in January and a whopping 20 points from April 2021’s disapproval rating of 43%.
When asked if they believed the U.S. was experiencing “the kind of tough times the country faces from time to time” or if “this is the start of a longer-term decline where the U.S. is no longer the leading country in the world,” the response reflected an increasingly pessimistic outlook, with a majority of respondents — 53 percent — believing America is looking at longer-term decline.
Thirty-eight percent of Americans believe President Biden and his policies are most to blame for rising costs and inflation, an indication that few are buying the Biden administration’s insistence that skyrocketing prices are the fault of COVID restrictions and Russian aggression. Only 28% blamed the pandemic, and just 6 percent pointed fingers at Putin, with 23 percent citing corporations for increasing prices.
What’s more, 62 percent of Americans say their income is falling behind the cost of living, and 56 percent are “very concerned” that prices at both the supermarket and the gas pumps will continue to go up as a result of the Russia – Ukraine war. Another 27 percent described themselves as “somewhat concerned,” while only 11 percent said they weren’t “too concerned.”
In general, Biden’s approval rating is just 40 percent — a new low for the NBC News poll. Of the 55 percent who disapprove of Biden’s performance, a full 42 percent say they “strongly disapprove,” compared to the 16 percent who “strongly approve” of the job the President is doing.
In fact, an overwhelming 71 percent of Americans believe the nation is headed on the wrong track, compared to 56 percent one year ago, and 46 percent of registered voters stated they would prefer a Republican-controlled Congress after the midterm elections, compared to 44 percent who hope the Democrats will maintain control.
“That 2-point GOP lead — within the poll’s margin of error — is the first time Republicans have held the advantage on this question since 2014,” NBC News reported.
“What this poll says is that President Biden and Democrats are headed for a catastrophic election,” Bill McInturff of Public Opinions Strategies stated.
“Americans were looking for greater certainty and stability after the 2020 election,” said Hart Research Associates Jeff Horwitt. Whether it is at home or abroad, these expectations have not been met.”
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