Biden approval ratings hit rock bottom

With the debt limit fight reaching its peak and the Presidential campaign heating up, Biden’s approval rating is trending downward.

According to a recent poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, President Joe Biden’s approval ratings on the economy, guns, and immigration are low.

The Big Picture: Only 33% of American adults approve of Biden’s handling of the economy, and just 24% say national economic conditions are in good shape. This comes at a time of high inflation, a difficult housing market, and concerns about a potential U.S. government debt default.


  • Public opinion of Biden’s efforts on gun policy and immigration is also low, with only 31% saying they approve of his performance on those issues. Even among Democrats, the poll finds only about half approve of his handling of immigration and gun policy.
  • Overall, 40% of respondents say they approve of the way Biden is doing his job, which is similar to where his approval rating has stood for much of the past year and a half.

What they’re saying: The poll also highlights some individual experiences that may be contributing to the low approval ratings. For example, Zoie Mosqueda, a 24-year-old who does not identify with any political party, said her family is ready to buy their first home but with the average mortgage interest rate hovering around 6.9%, that goal, at least for now, is out of reach.

  • Mosqueda is also frustrated with Biden’s handling of gun policy and immigration, saying he’s fallen short on his campaign promise to implement a fairer immigration policy. A recent spate of mass shootings around the country has left her wishing that Biden and lawmakers in Washington would do more to address the scourge of gun violence.
  • The poll of 1,680 adults was conducted May 11-15 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.
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