SOTU on Tuesday: “Americans’ concerns about their own personal finances and the overall direction of the country provide a stark backdrop for Biden who will face the nation with dismal reviews of his first year in office and his lowest job approval rating.”
Joe Biden is set to deliver a State of the Union address on Tuesday night, and he doesn’t have much to offer in the way of good news. He has not shut down the virus as promised, inflation and gas prices are still rising, and everything seems to be in a state of chaos.
New polling indicates what most people are feeling. So far, this is a failed presidency.
NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist National Poll: The Biden Administration Heading into the State of the Union Address, February 2022
President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address on Tuesday to a nation whose focus has shifted away from the COVID-19 pandemic and who is sending a message that they want Biden to focus on other issues, especially inflation. Americans’ concerns about their own personal finances and the overall direction of the country provide a stark backdrop for Biden who will face the nation with dismal reviews of his first year in office and his lowest job approval rating.
- A plurality of Americans (38%) thinks President Biden’s top priority should be inflation. The coronavirus pandemic (11%), voting laws (11%), foreign policy (10%), and violent crime (10%) follow. Other issues receive single digits. Of note, more than seven in ten Americans (72%) are optimistic that the nation is nearing an end to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Majorities of Americans think Biden’s first year in office has been a failure (56%), he is not fulfilling campaign promises (54%), and he is doing more to divide the nation (52%) than to unite it. Americans are more than four times as likely to consider Biden’s first year to be a major failure (36%) than a major success (8%).
- Economic concerns hit close to home for Americans. 29% say their family finances have gotten worse in the last year. 23% say they have gotten better, and 48% say things are status quo.
That’s actually not the only bad polling news for Biden. Another new poll from Harvard CAPS-Harris finds Biden’s job approval at a new low.
Julia Manchester writes at The Hill:
Biden’s job approval hits new low: poll
President Biden’s approval rating has hit a new low of 38 percent, according to a new Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey released exclusively to The Hill on Friday.
Seventeen percent of registered voters said they “strongly approve” of Biden’s job in office while another 21 percent said they “somewhat approve.”
Another 39 percent said they “strongly disapproved” of Biden’s job, while 16 percent said they “somewhat approved.”
The findings come as Biden grapples with the violent Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as record-high inflation stateside. Biden is set to address the nation on Tuesday, delivering his first State of the Union remarks to Congress.
“On the eve of his State of the Union, the president has hit a new low as inflation and economic anxiety hit new highs. The president is now underwater on every top domestic and foreign policy issue,” said Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the ratings for Biden’s SOTU address are pretty decent.
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