President Joe Biden's approval rating fell to a new low of 38% in a USA Today/Suffolk University poll released on Sunday, with 59% disapproving of the job he is doing as chief executive.
The survey, which comes one year before the midterm elections, was completed just before Democrats passed a bipartisan infrastructure bill and advanced a social spending package, as well as before the release of an encouraging economic report that pointed to stronger-than-expected job growth.
Results of the poll include:
- Vice President Kamala Harris' approval rating is even worse at 28%, with 51% disapproving of the job she is doing; 21% are undecided.
- Among those surveyed, 46% say Biden has done a poorer job as president than they expected, including 16% of those who voted for him. Biden has particularly disappointed independents, with 44% saying he has done worse, not better, than they expected.
- A full 64% say they don't want Biden to run for a second term in 2024, including 28% of Democrats. Opposition to former President Donald Trump running for another term in the next presidential election is nearly as high, at 58%, including 24% of Republicans.
- If the midterms were today, 46% said they would vote for their Republican congressional candidate, while only 38% said they would chose the Democratic one.
- If the presidential election were today between Biden and Trump, 44% say they would vote for Trump, 40% for Biden, and 11% for an unnamed third-party candidate.
- Among those polled, 66% say the United States is on the wrong track, while 20% say that the nation is headed in the right direction.
- The infrastructure bill, which passed on Friday, is backed by 6% of those surveyed, including a third of Republicans, and opposed by 32%.
- The Biden administration’s "Build Back Better" social spending package has the support of 47%, while 44% oppose it.
The poll surveyed 1,000 registered voters by landline and cellphone between Nov. 3-5, with the margin of error at plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
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