Joe Biden ‘frustrated’ that his approval numbers are lower than Donald Trump’s
Only 41% of US people approve of Joe Biden’s performance as President of the United States, a poll by Gallup in late May revealed.
Others, such as Associated Press, place Joe Biden’s approval as low as 39%. However, one thing is certain, this is the lowest Biden has polled since becoming President.
He’s polling lower than his predecessor, Donald Trump, in the same time span. In May 2018, the 45th US President had an approval rating of 42%.
CNN remarks that Biden started his presidency with an approval of 57% while Trump’s starting point was just 44%.
Since then, Biden’s numbers (from Gallup, at least) have consistently been falling while Trump remained within the same range for most of his administration, before nosediving to 34% right in the end.
Website Politico reports that there’s a mounting fear in the White House that Biden’s legacy will be similar to Carter’s, a one-term Democratic president whose administration was flooded by a myriad of foreign and domestic problems.
Crisis after crisis, Politico points out, the Biden administration has appeared limited in its actions or helpless in its efforts. This has been a source of disappointment for Democratic supporters and fuel for Biden’s political rivals.
There are rising fuel prices, along with the worst inflation to hit the United States in decades.
The national embarrassment that has been the baby formula shortage, shows one of the world’s largest economies unable to deal with crippling scarcity.
A Congress too deadlocked and divided to make any important reforms, such as sweeping changes in gun safety regulation.
A conservative-packed Supreme Court, set on the possible overturning of abortion laws on a federal level, among other things.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine, taking Russia’s relationship with Western Europe and the United States to a new low. Plus, mounting tension with China.
And, of course, the Covid-19 pandemic, which began during the government of Donald Trump but hasn’t really ended, despite a much more relaxed attitude towards it across most countries.
To remedy this situation, sources told NBC News that Biden and his team trying to come up with strategies to improve public opinion with only a few months left for the midterm elections.
Biden reportedly wants to get out more, hit the road, and put on display the progress that his time in the White House has made. However, there are fears that this will be too little, too late.
With Biden looking for reelection in 2024, and regardless of who the incumbent president will run against, one thing is certain: Things are looking grim for Uncle Joe.