President Joe Biden’s approval numbers have fallen to their lowest point since taking office, according to new polling data from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Research.
Biden’s approval rating now stands at 39%, down from 45% in April. The percentage of people saying the country is headed in the right direction has fallen to 21%, another low for the Biden presidency. And 78% of respondents in the poll, conducted May 12-16, said the economy is in poor condition, up from 70% the month before.
“The findings reflect a widespread sense of exasperation in a country facing a cascade of challenges ranging from inflation, gun violence, and a sudden shortage of baby formula to a persistent pandemic,” says Nicholas Riccardi of the Associated Press.
In what may be an ominous quote for Democrats as they head into the midterm elections, one frustrated voter told Riccardi that while she doesn’t blame Biden for everything that seems to be going wrong with the economy, she is upset that he hasn’t done what he said he would do. “He hasn’t delivered on any of the promises,” Milan Ramsey, a Democrat from Santa Monica, California, said. “I feel like the stimulus checks came out and that was the last win of his administration.”