Psaki seeks to blame Biden’s low approval rating on COVID-19, unvaccinated Americans

Recent polls have revealed a continuing downward trend for President Joe Biden’s approval rating, with respondents citing issues such as the economy, Afghanistan, and immigration as contributing causes.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki, however, attempted to blame the president’s dismal polling numbers almost entirely on the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There’s a lot of underlying data”

Her rhetoric might not be surprising to those who have complained that this administration regularly seeks to shift the blame away from Biden.

Nevertheless, Psaki’s reaction to a reporter’s question on Friday signals exactly what message the administration is seeking to deliver at this point in Biden’s term.

“A lot of people in this room work for organizations that have done polls and there’s a lot of underlying data in them,” she began. “And sometimes it differs.”

She went on to insist that America is “still going through a hard time” and “people are tired of fighting the pandemic,” which has led to the public backlash against the president.

Furthermore, she echoed Biden’s prior attempts to scapegoat unvaccinated Americans, asserting: “Some of them are sick and tired of people who won’t get vaccinated, who they feel are impacting their ability to live life in a normal way. Some people are still fearful for loved ones. And we all thought it would be over at this point in time.”

Biden’s downward trend

Of course, polls have generally made it clear that many issues — including Biden’s COVID-19 response — have contributed to his sagging numbers. When he entered office, his approval rating was comfortably above 50%.

Currently, the RealClearPolitics average shows that it has now dropped to 42.7% with an average disapproval rating of 51.4%.

Plenty of individual surveys put his approval rating significantly lower, including a recent Quinnipiac University poll that found just 4 in 10 respondents approved of Biden’s job performance.

His numbers began to slip significantly over the summer, particularly in response to the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Although it seems clear that Americans are increasingly disillusioned by Biden’s performance on multiple important issues, Psaki reiterated the administration’s position that nothing is the president’s fault. Instead, everything can be blamed on former President Donald Trump, COVID-19, or unvaccinated Americans — if not all three.

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