Joe Biden’s approval rating plummeted before the election

The two-day national poll found 39% of Americans approve of Biden's job performance, down one percentage point from a week earlier

President Joe Biden has reached an all-time low in approval ratings just two weeks before the midterm elections in the United States that will determine the remainder of his term, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

The two-day national poll found that 39 percent of Americans approve of Biden’s job performance, down one percentage point from a week earlier.

Biden’s unpopularity adds to the view that Republicans will win control of the US House of Representatives and possibly the Senate on November 8. Control of even one chamber of Congress would give Republicans the power to stop Biden’s legislative agenda.

Taking office in January 2021 in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden’s tenure has been marked by the economic scars of the global health crisis, including skyrocketing inflation. This year, his approval rating dipped to 36% in May and June.

In this week’s Reuters/Ipsos poll, a third of respondents named the economy as the country’s biggest problem, a far higher share than one in ten who chose crime. Only one in 20 cited the end of national abortion rights as their biggest future concern.

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