WASHINGTON As the first year of Joe Biden’s presidency comes to a close, 41% of Americans approve of the way he’s handling his job while 54% disapprove, according to the latest CNN Poll of Polls.
- Nearly two-thirds of Americans say things in the US are going badly. A CNN poll in December found that just 38% of adults feel things in the US are going well, while 62% say they are going badly. That’s a worse political environment than all but one facing a president at roughly this stage of their presidency in polling dating back to Jimmy Carter.
- Americans don’t think Biden has the right priorities. Nearly 6 in 10 Americans said that Biden has not paid enough attention to the country’s most important problems in a CNN poll in November (58%), and in December, large majorities said the US government wasn’t doing enough to address violent crime (76%), inflation (72%) or disruptions in the supply chain (70%).
- Most people are worn out by the coronavirus. A Monmouth University poll in December found that 60% of adults feel worn out by the changes they’ve had to make in their daily lives due to Covid-19, and that the share who feel Biden is doing a good job of dealing with the coronavirus has dropped to 46%, below 50% for the first time in Monmouth’s polling. Biden’s ratings for handling Covid-19 have generally been better than his overall approval rating.
- Although Biden’s legislative achievements are popular, few say they’ve had a large impact on their own lives. Polling has generally found broad support for the coronavirus relief package passed early in Biden’s presidency, as well as for the infrastructure bill that passed later in 2021, but relatively few say those accomplishments have made or will make a significant difference in their own lives. In a December NPR/Marist poll, most who received either the stimulus payments sent out earlier in the year or who received the expanded child tax credit that began in the summer say those payments helped just a little or not at all. And an October CNN survey conducted before the infrastructure bill passed found that only 25% said they would personally be better off under Biden’s social safety net and infrastructure bills. The social safety net bill has not passed. Overall, a December CNN survey found 54% said they disapproved of the job Biden was doing helping the middle class.