Sour views on economy keep Biden’s endorsement on issues: POLL


Three months away from the midterm elections, Americans retain a bitter view of the state of the economy and are pessimistic about its future course, with President Joe Biden’s approval rating in a range of problem areas continuing to decline. suffer, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll.

More than two-thirds (69%) of Americans think the country’s economy is deteriorating – the highest this measure has reached since 2008, when it was 82% in an ABC News/Washington Post poll. Currently, only 12% think the economy is improving and 18% think it stays mostly the same.

Americans’ views on Biden’s handling of the economic recovery remain overwhelmingly negative – and are virtually unchanged from the same poll in early June, with just 37% of Americans approving of the job the president is doing and 62% disapproving in the latest ABC News/Ipsos poll, conducted using Ipsos KnowledgePanel.

The president’s note on inflation is even worse, with 29% of Americans saying they approve, while 69% disagree. This number is also unchanged since June.

President Joe Biden speaks before signing two bills aimed at combating fraud in COVID-19 small business relief programs, Aug. 5, 2022, at the White House in Washington.

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The one area where Biden sees some improvement in this poll is in his handling of gas prices. Just over one in three Americans (34%) approve of the president’s handling of gas prices, up seven points since June.

It comes as the country has seen the average cost of a gallon of gasoline drop – price cuts celebrated by the White House.

Low confidence in Biden’s handling of the economy and inflation follows Friday’s jobs report, which showed 528,000 jobs were added in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Americans also saw the unemployment rate drop to 3.5%.

In a statement on Friday, Biden touted the July jobs report, saying it shows his administration is “making meaningful progress for working families.”

When asked how enthusiastic they were about voting in November, the poll found that 75% of Republicans were very or somewhat enthusiastic about voting, compared to 68% of Democrats and 49% independents. In ABC News/Ipsos polls conducted in April and June this year, Republicans were more likely to say they were very excited about voting than Democrats. That gap narrowed to five points in this August poll.

PHOTO: Supporters cheer, as Kansas' proposed constitutional amendment fails, as they watch the networks appeal at the Kansas Primary Election Watch Party for Constitutional Freedom in Overland Park, Kansas on 2 August 2022.

Supporters cheer, as the proposed Kansas Constitutional Amendment fails, as they watch the networks appeal during the Kansas Primary Election Watch Party for Constitutional Freedom in Overland Park, Kansas on August 2, 2022 .

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There are other bright spots for Democrats in the latest ABC News/Ipsos poll regarding the potential impact abortion could have on how voters vote in November.

The poll asked voters which candidate they would support if one supported keeping abortion legal and available and if the other candidate supported limiting abortion except to protect the life of the mother. . About half of Americans (49%) would be more likely to support the candidate who upholds access to legal abortion compared to 27% of Americans who would be more likely to support the candidate who favors restricting abortion . Meanwhile, 22% of Americans say abortion would not impact how they would vote.

It comes after voters in the dark red state of Kansas voted to preserve abortion rights in the state constitution, shocking the country in the first state-level test since the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade.

In a statement by Biden on the defeat of Kansas’ abortion amendment, he called on Congress to “listen to the will of the American people and restore Roe’s protections as federal law.”

This ABC News/Ipsos poll was conducted using Ipsos Public Affairs’ KnowledgePanel® on August 5-6, 2022, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 665 adults. The results have a sampling error of 4.2 points, including the design effect. The partisan divisions are 29-25-40%, Democrat-Republican-Independent. See key survey results and methodology details here.

ABC News’ Ken Goldstein and Dan Merkle contributed to this report.

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