Biden's approval rating falls to record low in new poll

The president's approval keeps sinking lower and lower.

Updated: May 20, 2022 - 12:50pm

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President Biden's approval rating has plummeted to its lowest point of his presidency, according to a new poll released Friday.

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Research poll shows just 39% of U.S. adults approve of the president's job performance.

In addition, the polls found just roughly two in 10 adults say the country is headed in the right direction or that the economy is good. Both figures are down from roughly three in 10 adults last month. 

The poll was conducted May 12-16 among 1,172 U.S. adults with a sampling error of 4 percentage points.

Even among Democrats, just 33% of members of the president's party said the country is headed in the right direction, compared to 49% in April.

The results of the poll reflects a widespread sense of pessimism over such so-called kitchen table issues as inflation, including record gas prices and the sudden shortage of baby formula, amid further concerns about attempts to cool the economy resulting in a recession.

A plurality of Democrats (44%) say the president's policies have made no difference to the economy, and 37% say they've done more to help than hurt, though that figure is down from 45% last month.

On the whole, 51% of Americans say the administration's policies have done more to hurt the economy that help it.

Regarding the U.S. borders, the poll shows that just 38% of Americans are pleased with Biden's handling of immigration and 21% say they have a "great deal of confidence" in the president's ongoing ability to handle the war in Ukraine; 39% say they have some degree of confidence, and 39% say they have hardly any.