By Rose Horowitch
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden’s public approval rating fell for the fourth consecutive week to 36%, matching its lowest level last seen in late May, according to a Reuters/ Ipsos made on Wednesday.
The president’s approval rating has remained below 50% since August, a harbinger that his Democratic party could lose control of at least one chamber of the U.S. Congress in the Nov. 8 midterm elections.
Thirty-four percent of Americans say the economy is the most important issue facing the United States right now. Biden has been plagued by 40-year highs in inflation, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine restricting global fuel supplies and supply chains still constrained by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Within his own party, Biden’s approval rating remains largely unchanged from last week — at 73% from 74% on June 15. In August, 85% of Democrats approved of Biden’s performance.
But among Republicans, Biden’s rating slipped to 7% from 11% on June 15. Only 18% of Americans think the country is moving in the right direction.
Biden’s approval rating is approaching – but has yet to reach – the lowest levels seen by his predecessor, Donald Trump, who had a 33% approval rating in December 2017.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll is conducted online in English across the United States. The most recent poll collected responses from 1,002 adults, including 435 Democrats and 379 Republicans. It has a credibility interval – a measure of precision – of four percentage points.
(Reporting by Rose Horowitch; Editing by Scott Malone and Sandra Maler)