Even Democrats are losing hope – with only 33% saying the US is headed in the right direction compared to 49% a month ago and 55% in March.
Americans were only slightly more optimistic about the economy, with a mere 22% describing it as “very good,” “somewhat good,” or “leaning toward good” — compared to 29% who said the same in April. The remaining 78% describe the economy as “very poor,” “somewhat poor,” or “leaning toward poor.”
Two-thirds of Americans (67%) disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economy, with 51% saying his policies have done more to hurt than help and 18% saying the opposite — while 30% say the president’s actions have made no difference at all.
The poll also saw Biden’s approval rating dip to 39% from 45% last month and 63% in early May of last year — the lowest percentage in the survey since the 46th president took office.
Biden’s approval among Democrats has similarly slumped, dropping to 73% after hitting at least 82% though all of 2021 in the AP-NORC survey.
The poll also found that only 38% support Biden’s handling of immigration as border states brace for the lifting of the Trump-era Title 42 health policy – potentially paving the way for a surge in border crossings.
According to the survey, only 21% of Americans have “a great deal of confidence” in Biden’s handling of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, while 39% said they only had some confidence in the president. Another 39% said they had hardly any confidence in Biden at all.
A majority of Americans – 54% – also disapprove of Biden’s handling of the US relationship with Russia, while 45% approve. When broken down by party, the poll found that only 15% of Republicans approve of the president’s performance on the issue compared to 73% of Democrats.
The AP-NORC poll surveyed 1,172 adults May 12-16 and carries a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.
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