Biden’s endorsement falls for fourth straight week, hitting record high – Reuters/Ipsos

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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.

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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.

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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.

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(Reporting by Rose Horowitch; Editing by Scott Malone and Sandra Maler)

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