According to Fox News, President Joe Biden spoke to Jimmy Fallon this past week is his first appearance on a late-night television program since assuming office.
At one point during their conversation, the president admitted that he no longer keeps track of his own approval rating.
When Fallon asked Biden on Friday evening if he keeps a close eye on polling data, Biden quipped, “Well, not anymore.” That remark brought laughter from the host.
Biden blames negative media coverage
“I was paying attention when they were in the mid-60s, but now that they’re in the 40s, I don’t pay attention,” Biden continued, adding that he was “joking.”
“You came in hot and then you got to medium and now you’re at a low,” Fallon responded before advising the president to “keep doing the right thing”
Biden blamed some of his struggles on negative media coverage and claimed that Americans are “being told that Armageddon’s on the way.”
“The truth is the economy’s grown more than it has any time in close to 60 years, the unemployment rate is down to 4.2 percent – it’s going to go lower, in my view,” Biden insisted.
“But in the meantime people are worried and they’re worried about whether or not, you know, they have a brother or sister, uncle or aunt who has gotten COVID and they don’t know what to do about it,” the president went on.
“There’s a lot of anxiety and my job is to be straightforward, shoot from the shoulder, let people know exactly what the truth is and lay out how I’m going to try to make life better for them.”
Poll shows almost 70 percent of Americans disapprove of Biden’s record on inflation
However, Biden declared that “I’m optimistic about the future, and I’m optimistic about this country” while predicting that inflation is “going to come down.”
It is perhaps understandable that Biden would be reluctant to look at polling data given that it offers little in the way of good news. Five Thirty Eight’s polling aggregate puts his approval rating at just 43 percent.
Some individual surveys are even less promising, with a recent ABC/Ipsos poll showing that just 28 percent of Americans approve of how Biden has handled inflation.