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Biden's approval drops to lowest level in almost two years, survey shows

US President Joe's public approval rating Biden, fell to its lowest level in nearly two years this month, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

The investigation, carried out over four days, ended on Monday (20).

According to the survey, only 36% of Americans approve of the performance of Biden as president, compared to 38% in April. The index was the lowest since July 2022.

Although this month's drop was within the survey's 3 percentage point margin of error, the result could be a bad sign for Biden when he faces Republican Donald Trump in the Nov. 5 presidential election.

The current president has been tied with Trump in national polls that ask voters who they will vote for. But the Republican has had a slight advantage over Biden in many polls in the decisive states of the American elections.

The situation of the economy was chosen by 23% of those interviewed as the most serious problem facing the country. Political extremism and immigration are also considered topics of concern for Americans.

About 40% of those surveyed said Trump, who was president from 2017 to 2021, had better policies for the U.S. economy, compared to 30% who chose Biden. The remaining percentage said they did not know or did not answer the question.

Trump had a significant lead on immigration, with 42% of respondents preferring his approach on the issue and 25% opting for his. Biden.

Regarding foreign conflicts and terrorism, 36% were in favor of the Republican candidate in the area and 29% chose Biden.

The state of the US economy is seen as one of the biggest factors weighing on the possible re-election of the current president.

Voters have been affected by the rapid rise in prices, even though inflation has slowed considerably in recent months and the unemployment rate has remained below 4% for more than two years.

Biden's age, 81, also worries voters.

A separate Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted this month showed that many Democrats disapprove of Biden's response to Israel's war against Hamas.

The poll published on Tuesday (21) did not ask whether Americans approve of Biden's support in the conflict in Gaza, which strongly divides Democrats.

Trump has four criminal cases, including a trial in New York that is expected to end next week.

The Republican candidate chose on Tuesday (21) not to testify in the case, which involves accusations of falsifying business records, bringing his defense to a quick conclusion and paving the way for jurors to begin deliberations next week.

Two other pending trials are linked to his efforts to overturn his loss to Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

Source: CNN Brasil

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