Joe Biden’s job approval hits new low in Rasmussen poll
After the White House rejected a poll that showed the lowest approval ratings for President Joe Biden a year since taking office, a daily survey released by another organization is the latest indicator of his waning popularity.
On Thursday, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jennifer O’Malley Dillon questioned the findings of a Quinnipiac University survey that gave Biden a 33% approval rating, or three points. percentage less than former President Donald Trump after one year.
In a memo to Axios, O’Malley Dillon said the average of all public polls on the FiveThirtyEight website gave Biden a 43% approval rating and that Quinnipiac’s findings were “radically different from everyone else’s.” recent polls.
Malley Dillon called Quinnipiac’s poll an “outlier”, criticizing its use of “random digit dialing” which she said made it easier for respondents to be undecided about the evaluation of the president’s job and therefore to underestimate the soft support for Biden.
In response, Quinnipiac University poll director Doug Schwartz said “we stand by our numbers,” which also showed that 53% of those polled between Jan. 7 and Jan. 10 disapproved of Biden, in data that sparked the #LowApprovalRatingJoe trend on Twitter.
But Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll on Thursday also indicated falling approval ratings. It showed that 39% of likely US voters approved of Biden’s job performance while 59% disapproved.
While no margin for error was given, it was Rasmussen’s lowest approval rating and highest disapproval rating for Biden since taking office. The conservative polling firm gets a B grade from FiveThirtyEight compared to an A minus grade from Quinnipiac.
Biden has faced a turnaround in his popularity since his widely criticized withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in August. His administration’s Build Back Better agenda has also stalled in Congress.
Meanwhile, his efforts to increase voting rights suffered a blow when Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) reiterated her support for the 60-vote filibuster, the biggest hurdle for Democrats in the election. adoption of legislation.
Also on Thursday, the Supreme Court rejected Biden’s plan to require companies with more than 100 employees to impose vaccination mandates, though judges backed similar requirements for medical facilities receiving Medicare or Medicaid payments.
Another impact on Biden is the extremely high COVID infection rate due to the Omicron variant and criticism of home testing kit delays.
“What you’re seeing in most of these polls is real frustration and exhaustion over COVID and the fact that it’s not over,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Thursday. “We understand that.”
Newsweek contacted the White House for comment.