The precipitous decline in voter approval experienced by President Joe Biden in recent weeks continues apace, with a new Reuters/Ipsos poll registering the lowest numbers seen in his term thus far, in what is surely a shocking turn of events that the commander in chief never expected.
In the survey of 1,005 individuals, which polled a greater number of Democrats than self-identified members of the GOP, showed that a mere 44% of American adults have a favorable view of Biden’s job performance.
The cratering of the president’s approval rating gained speed in the middle of August when the severity of the Biden administration’s mishandling of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan began to become apparent, particularly via the deaths of 13 American service members, as Breitbart noted.
According to the study, which was conducted between Sept. 15 and Sept. 16, even Biden’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis – previously a strong point in terms of public approval – dipped beneath 50% approval for the first time, with just 48% registering support for his approach and 46% disapproving.
The Reuters/Ispos survey was not the only poll in recent days to indicate potentially serious trouble for Biden, as a Quinnipiac University study released earlier in the week revealed that 50% of respondents disapprove of the job the president is doing, with the all-important independent voting block abandoning him in significant numbers, as the New York Post noted.
When examined based on respondents’ party affiliation, the Quinnipiac poll showed that 88% of Democrats signaled approval of Biden’s performance, with only 7% of Republicans feeling the same.
Notably, the often-decisive independent contingency of the electorate registered a disapproval rating of 52% when it comes to Biden, something that is sure to give the White House pause.
Though he campaigned frequently on the notion that he possessed the sort of vast and knowledgeable foreign policy experience that all of his competitors lacked, Biden now suffers from a 59% disapproval rating in that crucial area of presidential endeavor, a figure that represents a sharp drop from just one month prior.
As Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy explained, “If there ever was a honeymoon for President Biden, it is clearly over,” and that is a development that surely gives all those looking ahead impatiently to 2024 considerable cause for optimism.