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2021-November-25  11:59

Biden Approval at 42% in A New Poll

TEHRAN (FNA)- President Joe Biden’s approval rating hit a new low in an NPR/Marist poll released Wednesday.

Just 42 percent of the survey's participants approve of the job that Biden is doing in office, the lowest rating Biden has received in this particular poll since he was inaugurated in January, The Hill reported.  

The newest polling numbers come as the Biden administration attempts to solve the problem of rising prices. A report released earlier this month by the Labor Department showed that inflation had reached a 30-year high, rising 6.2 percent in the 12-month period ending in October. 

Biden and Democrats have been hit by critics and Republicans over rising food and gas prices, particularly as the holidays approach. The US economy has been slammed with consumer demand that businesses have not been able to meet. 

The administration has sought to alleviate the surge in gas prices by releasing 50 million barrels of oil from the national reserve, though energy experts says it's unclear how the move will immediately affect prices at the pump. 

In the poll, voters' top economic issues were inflation at 39 percent, wages at 18 percent, labor shortages at 11 percent and gas prices and unemployment at 9 percent.

Fifty-two percent of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economy and 42 percent approve. In April, he had a 54 percent approval rating for the economy. 

In a Quinnipiac University poll last week, Biden’s approval rating was at a low of 36 percent. 

The continuing downward slope for Biden’s approval rating comes just a year before midterm elections, where Democrats will try to keep its hold over both chambers of Congress. Currently the party holds slim majorities in both the House and the Senate. 

Biden had a legislative win with the bipartisan infrastructure deal, but the rise in inflation and coronavirus cases is proving to be a struggle for the president.

Also, a majority of registered voters blame Biden and Congress for the global supply chain and delivery issues affecting Americans, according to a new poll.

The survey, conducted by Morning Consult and POLITICO, found that 62 percent of registered voters believe Biden bears some responsibility for the supply chain and delivery problems.

Thirty-eight percent said Biden is very responsible, and 24 percent said he is somewhat responsible. For comparison, 15 percent said the president is not too responsible, 12 percent of registered voters said he does not bear any responsibility and 10 percent said they do not have an opinion.

When it comes to Congress, 61 percent of registered voters said they believe the legislative body bears some responsibility for the supply chain and delivery issues.

Twenty-six percent said Congress is very responsible, and 35 percent said it is somewhat responsible. On the other hand, 17 percent said Congress is not too responsible, 7 percent said it is not responsible at all and 15 percent said they do not have an opinion.

The polling numbers come as individuals are feeling the effects of the global supply chain and delivery issues nationwide, which have caused prices to skyrocket and inflation to spike.

The supply chain bottlenecks are largely tied to a shortage of workers in the face of increased consumer demand. After lowering prices and laying off workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, suppliers and retailers are now struggling to quickly recover and meet the high demand that is largely driven by large amounts of federal aid and the distribution of effective coronavirus vaccines.

Biden earlier this month delivered remarks from the Port of Baltimore where he vowed to address inflation and supply shortages “head on".

The top drivers of the supply chain and delivery issues according to the registered voters polled, however, were the COVID-19 pandemic and worker shortages, which tracked 79 percent and 74 percent, respectively.

Registered voters also feel that former President Donald Trump bears some responsibility for the supply chain and delivery issues, according to the poll.

Twenty-three percent said he is very responsible and 17 percent said he is somewhat responsible. Thirteen percent said the former president is not too responsible, 34 percent said he is not responsible at all and 13 percent said they do not have an opinion.

Additionally, 63 percent of respondents said large corporations are responsible, and 64 percent said China should carry the onus.