President Joe Biden has seen his approval rating fall six points in the last two months as he struggles to get his agenda off the ground and battles with increasing inflation.
Biden’s approval rating stands at 48%, compared with 54% in April. Forty-three percent currently disapprove of the job he’s doing, compared with 41% in April.
”Biden’s rating is still in net positive territory, but it seems to have taken a dip with the growing uncertainty that his signature spending plans will be enacted,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Biden’s agenda has been hampered by an evenly split Senate, making signature promises since as a large infrastructure bill more difficult to pass. The Senate has also stalled the Democratic voting rights legislation, most notably with opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin.
But Biden’s spending plans do remain popular with much of the public, though many voters worry that the spending could lead to worsening inflation:
”The plans are broadly popular, but the path to getting there is not so clear-cut. This is one of those situations where the administration has to weigh short-term blowback in public opinion against what they hope will be long-term gains,” Murray said.
While 47% of Americans are very concerned that the plans could lead to inflation. ”concerns about possible inflation do not appear to undercut overall public support for these spending plans.
While Biden may lament GOP opposition to much of his agenda, the president spent much of his time on the campaign trail boasting of his ability to be a uniter and bipartisan deal maker. So far, Biden has failed to reach the voters expectations in that regards, a possible reason for his slide in approval.
The poll was conducted between June 9-14, sampling 810 adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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