One year into his term, Biden's approval rating hits new low, poll

Nearly half of Americans unsure whether Biden's physically or mentally fit for office

Updated: January 20, 2022 - 10:27am

President Joe Biden has completed his first year in the White House, experiencing a consistent decline in his approval figures throughout his initial 12 months as commander-in-chief.

According to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, more Americans disapprove than approve of how the president is handling his job with 56% of Americans disapproving, and 43% approving.

In July, 59% of Americans said they approved of Biden’s job performance in an AP-NORC poll.

The poll of 1,161 U.S. adults was conducted Jan. 13-18 with a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.

On the possibility the Democrat president will run for reelection the polls released Thursday found just 28% of respondents said they want Biden to run in 2024, including just 48% of Democrats. 

On Wednesday, at the second press conference he's held since taking office, Biden said "I don't believe the polls" when confronted with the issue of his declining popularity. 

Biden has the 59% approval rating for his job performance before coronavirus numbers began to surge again and his administration executed a deadly and chaotic exit from Afghanistan. 

As the Omicron strain of COVID-19 continues to rage, Americans are now contemplating their choice of a president who was arguably elected primarily to confront the virus. Just 45% of Americans say they approve of Biden's handling of the virus, down from nearly 60% over this past summer.

The economy is another issue that is plaguing the administration, as jobs numbers continue to teeter between mediocre and disappointing, and inflation spikes in ways not seen since the 1980s.

At present, only 37% of Americans approve of Biden's handling of the economy, the poll also found.

Furthermore, close to half of Americans are not confident in Biden's mental capability or health.