The American electorate worried about the future of democracy, sharply divided on issues of personal freedom, and dissatisfied with President Biden’s leadership according to a new national poll.
Among independents, Biden’s support has dropped from 50% in the late spring and early summer to 35% now. His handling of the pandemic is cited as the prominent factor, in June, almost 60% of independents approved of Biden’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, compared with 42% today.
Biden’s economic handling is also a factor in the dissatisfaction, with only 41% of Americans overall approving.
While Biden has lost a significant amount of support from white and black voters, he lost the most ground with Hispanics. Activists for Latino voters have warned that Biden’s broken promises on immigration reform will inform the next election.
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The honeymoon is over. And the fading Republican support was inevitable. But Democrats are alarmed by President Joe Biden‘s decline in job approval among groups central to his base — most notably Black voters, Hispanics and women.
Despite the slip in his job approval, Biden’s economic agenda remains popular in the same polls, which find that voters support his plans to overhaul U.S. infrastructure, expand Medicare, fund universal pre-K and put money into clean energy.
But the bills have been caught up in a complex legislative logjam for months. Since late June, Biden’s approval rating has fallen from 52.7 percent to 44.5 percent in the FiveThirtyEight average, with disapproval outstripping approval since the end of August.
Democratic pollsters say Biden needs Congress to pass his agenda for his approval to recover.
“Voters are looking for a return on what they were promised,” said Jeff Horwitt, a Democratic pollster who co-conducts the NBC News poll. Continue reading on NBC News.