Poll shows deep dissatisfaction over Biden’s economic record

President Joe Biden suffers from notoriously bad poll numbers, with a Reuters/Ipsos survey published last week putting his approval rating at just 36%.

Some of Biden’s lowest marks came when participants were asked about his handling of the economy. Newly released data suggests that their perception isn’t likely to improve. 

Poll finds lowest level of economic confidence since the Great Recession

The Hill reported on Sunday that Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index (ECI) registered at -45 in May, the lowest figure seen in over a decade.

Operating on a scale from +100 to -100, the index seeks to measure how Americans feel about the economy by comparing the share who say conditions are good or excellent compared with those who regard them as poor.

In April, 20% expressed a positive view of the economy whereas 42% characterized it as being poor. That left a rating of -22.

Those results grew even bleaker this month when people were asked how they expect things to be in the near future. Seventy-seven percent predicted that the economy will worsen as opposed to 20% who see it improving.

The political impact of numbers like those has become impossible to ignore, with even some left-wing commentators suggesting grim consequences for the president and members of his party.

CNN contributor says voters think Biden has “made things worse”

One of the is CNN host Harry Enten, who argued in a column published on May 3 that voters increasingly see the White House a threat to their economic well-being.

He referenced a CNN poll which showed that roughly half of voters ranked the economy as their number one issue, a feeling that cuts across demographic lines.

“It’s as important to White Americans (50%) as it is to people of color (49%),” Enten wrote. “It matters as much to people age 45 and under (51%) as to those 45 and older (48%).

“Unfortunately for Biden and the Democrats, the problem is getting worse,” he continued. “In December, 45% believed Biden’s policies had worsened things.”

“You could imagine a universe in which that percentage was survivable politically,” Enten went on. “But when 50% think the economy is the top issue and 55% think your policies have made things worse, that’s very difficult to overcome.”

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