CNN Poll: Majority Disapprove of Joe Biden, Deem His Presidency a ‘Failure’

President Joe Biden speaks about the 2021 jobs report in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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A majority of Americans disapprove of President Joe Biden’s job performance, as most also deem his first year a “failure,” a CNN poll released Thursday revealed.

“Nearly 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of how Joe Biden is handling his presidency, with most of that group saying there’s literally nothing Biden has done since taking office that they approve of,” CNN detailed.

The latest survey, taken January 10-February 6, 2022, shows 58 percent disapproving of Biden’s job performance, compared to 41 percent who approve. That reflects a seven-point increase in the number who disapproved from the last survey, taken in December 2021. 

The past surveys, fielded in March, April, August, September, October, November, and December, show Biden’s approval sinking and his disapproval continually rising. 

From March 2021 to February 2022, Biden’s approval has tanked ten percentage points. In that same time frame, Biden’s disapproval rose 17 percentage points, as his disapproval stood at 41 percent in March 2021.

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Currently, 41 percent of Americans “strongly” disapprove of Biden, compared to 15 percent who “strongly” approve.

Further, Biden’s approval among independents is underwater, as 64 percent disapprove, compared to 36 percent who approve. As likely predicted, Biden’s disapproval is staggeringly high among Republicans: 91 percent disapprove. While Biden enjoys an 83 percent approval from Democrats, that still represents an 11-point drop from the 94 percent of Democrats who approved last summer.

According to CNN, “Some of the shift in Biden’s numbers comes from a change in Americans’ partisan tilt: Republicans and Democrats were about at parity in the new poll, with fewer identifying as Democrats than in other recent CNN polling.”
According to the outlet:
When those who disapproved of Biden’s overall performance were asked to name a single thing he’d done that they did approved of, 56% had nothing positive to say. “I’m hard pressed to think of a single thing he has done that benefits the country,” wrote one survey respondent.
Of those who generally approved of Biden, a smaller 26% couldn’t find anything negative to say. “I totally believe that he has the best interests of the American [p]eople in mind,” wrote another respondent. “I think he understands the severity and importance of his job and is doing the best he can.”

The survey also asked respondents to rate Biden’s first year in office as a success or failure. A majority, 57 percent, said it has been a “failure,” compared to 41 percent who deem it a “success.”

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The public’s disapproval of Biden’s handling of the economy is contributing to these souring figures, as 62 percent disapprove, compared to 37 percent who approve. That reflects a drastic change, as a majority approved of his handling of the economy in September. 

The survey coincides with devastating news for Biden from the Department of Labor, which found that consumer prices have “jumped by the most” in nearly 40 years, up 7.5 percent. 

The poll, with 1,527 respondents, has a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percent.

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