President Joe Biden is facing a steep decline in public approval as he gears up for his 2024 reelection campaign, with widespread dissatisfaction across critical areas of his presidency.
According to a recent poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, only 33 percent of American adults approve of Biden’s handling of the economy, and a mere 24 percent believe that national economic conditions are in good shape under his leadership.
These lackluster approval numbers were released just as Biden returned from the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, where he focused on the Russia-Ukraine conflict instead of addressing the simmering domestic issues that are troubling voters.
In fact, some voters are calling for Biden’s impeachment due to what they perceive as a mishandling of his office.
The poll results indicate that Biden is already facing significant challenges even before launching his reelection campaign. Public approval of his handling of the economy remains low amid concerns about high inflation, a difficult housing market, and fears of a potential government debt default.
Furthermore, Biden’s efforts on gun policy and immigration are also facing strong opposition, with only 31 percent of respondents expressing approval of his performance in these areas.
Overall, his job approval rating stands at 40 percent, similar to where it has remained for the past year and a half. Even among Democrats, Biden underperforms on the economy, with only 61 percent approving of his handling of the issue compared to 75 percent approval for his overall job performance.
Despite Democrats showing less enthusiasm about the economy under Biden, they still hold a more positive outlook than Republicans, with a higher percentage believing that the country is headed in the right direction and rating the economy as good.
As Biden faces these challenges, he is also confronted with the looming issue of the debt ceiling. Negotiations with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy are set to resume, with the June deadline for a potential default rapidly approaching.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has emphasized that June is a “hard deadline” for raising the debt ceiling to avoid default, adding to the critical tests that Biden’s administration must navigate.
The declining approval ratings and the pressing economic and debt concerns pose significant hurdles for President Biden as he seeks to secure support for his reelection bid in 2024.