Joe Biden’s approval rating hit a new low this week with the release of the results from a recent Quinnipiac survey that showed just 38% of Americans approve of the president’s job performance, while a whopping 53% disapprove, according to The Hill.
Now, even members of the mainstream media are taking notice. Speaking on Wednesday’s episode of The Lead, CNN host Jake Tapper said the new numbers are nothing short of “brutal” for Biden.
Biden’s “lowest approval rating” ever
According to Fox News, Biden’s approval is down four points in the latest survey compared to last month’s poll from Quinnipiac.
“These new poll numbers are frankly brutal for the president,” Tapper remarked on Wednesday, according to Fox News. It’s “the lowest approval rating Biden has had since taking office,” he noted.
But Tapper didn’t stop there. “Another striking number: Only 39% of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of the economy,” the CNN host said Wednesday, citing the new poll. “Fifty-five percent say they disapprove of the job he’s doing on the economy.
Asked if Biden is an honest president, “44% of Americans say yes,” Tapper reported. “Fifty percent — a plurality — say no,” he said.
“And one of the most damning results of all,” Tapper noted, “more than half of the American people — 55% — say the Biden administration is not competent in running the government. Forty-two percent [say] the administration is.”
“The buck stops with him”
According to The Hill, the poll referenced by Tapper surveyed more than 1,300 American adults from Oct. 1 through Oct. 4, 2021. And it’s not the only one to show Biden faltering in recent weeks.
“A Gallup poll last week found Biden’s approval rating among independents falling to 37 percent, the lowest it has been since Biden took office,” The Hill reported Thursday. It also showed the president “slipping 24 points below his 61 percent approval rating at the beginning of his administration.”
Pressed for comment on what one journalist called “these really terrible polls,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that there’s “no question” the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine mandates put in place by the Biden administration are “having an impact.”
“I would say that this is a really tough time in our country. We’re still battling COVID, and a lot of people thought we’d be through it, including us,” Psaki said, according to Fox. “We still have…20% of the country who’ve decided not to get vaccinated. No question that’s having an impact.”
Still, the press secretary didn’t make any indication that Biden would be changing course, even as Americans are increasingly voicing their displeasure with his policies. “As the president has said, the buck stops with him,” Psaki said of the coronavirus and vaccine mandates on Friday, according to Fox.