Biden’s approval drops to 43 percent in new poll

President Bidens’ approval rating is sinking further as voter confidence in the American economy and the country’s overall direction fades, according to a new Harvard CAPS / Harris poll published exclusively for The Hill.

The poll, conducted Oct. 26-28, found that 43 percent of voters approve of Biden’s work in the White House, 5 points less than a poll conducted in September. Meanwhile, 51 percent say they disapprove of the president’s job performance. Another 6 percent say they are not sure.

Biden’s approval rating has been falling since August, a trend that began amid a summer surge in new Covid-19 infections and the chaotic withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

While the pandemic appears to be waning once again, Biden’s approval rating has yet to rebound. Fifty-six percent of voters now say the country is on the wrong track. Additionally, 57 percent say they believe the strength of the US economy is waning, according to the Harvard CAPS / Harris survey.

The survey also found that a plurality of respondents, 37 percent, say their personal financial situation is worsening. Earlier this year, the percentage of those who said their financial situation was improving was on the rise.

“Biden’s ratings continue to fall and he essentially now only has the support of the grassroots Democratic electorate,” he said. Mark PennMark PennPoll: Trump Dominates Republican Primary Field 2024 Poll: Biden, Trump Statistically Tied For Favorability Most Voters Say Country Is On The Wrong Track: MORE Poll, co-director of the Harvard CAPS / Harris survey. “Its decline is being accelerated by the perceived decline in the economy, which is why the administration’s rating on the handling of the economy and almost all issues dropped.”

Biden gets his lowest marks for his handling of the situation in Afghanistan. Only 33 percent say they approve of his actions there.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party as a whole fares even worse than the president. 38 percent of voters say they approve of the party’s performance, while 55 percent disapprove, according to the Harvard CAPS / Harris poll.

Still, if Biden runs for re-election today and faces the former president Donald trumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe, Youngkin hold final campaign rallies ahead of tight Virginia gubernatorial race Poll: 50 percent of Republicans don’t think their vote is accurately counted overnight Defense and National Security: The Sub-Deal Showdown intensifies MORE, the two would be evenly matched. Forty-six percent of those polled say they would vote for Trump, while 45 percent would vote for Biden. Another 9 percent are undecided.

The Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey of 1,578 registered voters was conducted October 26-28. It is a collaboration of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and the Harris Poll.

The survey is an online sample drawn from the Harris Panel and weighted to reflect known demographics. As an online representative sample, it does not report a probability confidence interval.

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