by Jason Lang
Washington, March 8 (Reuters). , US President Joe Biden’s public approval rating rose to 42%, its highest since June, as inflation eased in the United States and job growth remains strong, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll showed. .
Biden’s popularity has plummeted since the first days of his presidency in early 2021, declining almost continuously until the May-July period last year, when it plummeted to 36%.
Since then, his approval level has slowly risen, with this week’s 42% job approval up from 41% recorded a month ago. The Reuters/Ipsos poll has a margin of error of three percentage points either way.
Biden’s approval is also very low by historical standards. In previous decades, presidents have only occasionally gone through extended periods with lower approval than Biden, although Donald Trump spent his 2017–2021 presidency with a similar level of approval and 33% in December 2017. decreased further with the decline of
Biden, 80, is expected to launch another run for the White House in the coming weeks. The small increase in his popularity came as the pace of consumer price growth slowed to 6.4% in the 12 months to January from 9.1% in June.
He is expected to present a budget proposal this week that could outline goals for a second term, including efforts to protect and possibly expand the Social Safety Net while reducing the federal deficit by taxing wealthier Americans more. is expected to include.
Biden’s administration is currently defending in court a program to forgive some student loans made by the federal government, and a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed sharp partisan divisions on the issue, as did Biden’s own performance. Is.
Eighty-one percent of Democrats support the federal government’s debt forgiveness program, compared to 29% of Republicans. Similarly, 81% of Democratic respondents said they approved of Biden’s performance, although only 10% of Republicans said the same.
Eighty-four percent of Republican respondents said they supported making it more difficult for migrants to seek asylum in the US at America’s southern border, compared to only 35% of Democrats.
Partisan divisions in the poll were less clear on whether federal courts should overturn government approval of a drug used for abortion and post-abortion care. To that question, 70% of respondents — including 82% of Democrats and 53% of Republicans — said they opposed court intervention that banned the drug, mifepristone, nationwide.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll, conducted across the United States, collected responses from 1,023 adults using a nationally representative sample.
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(Reporting by Jason Lang; Editing by Scott Malone and Bill Bercott)
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