In the US, Joe Biden completes two years in office with low popularity

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This Friday (20), Joe Biden completes two years as president of the United States, starting the second half of his term with an approval rating of just 40%, according to a poll conducted by Reuters and Ipsos in the middle of the month.

The result is just above the lowest rate ever recorded by the survey: between May and June 2022, only 36% of Americans said they approved of the Biden government. And it comes on the eve of the announcement that he should run for re-election, in November 2024.

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The president began 2023 embroiled in a controversy over classified federal documents found in his personal office in Washington, DC, and at homes in Delaware.

He said he was surprised by the discovery and the White House said the files were turned over to the responsible department as soon as they were found. But Republicans compare the situation with the episode starring Donald Trump, in which the discovery of documents in his home in Florida led to the first search in the history of the FBI in the residence of a former American president.

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Now, Biden is the subject of an investigation by the US Department of Justice and a series of questions from the opposition, which is trying to take advantage of the scandal to further damage the president’s image.

Despite this, the population’s great dissatisfaction with the Biden government remains the economy.

In June 2022, the United States experienced historic inflation, which advanced at the fastest level in 40 years. At the end of the year, the index began to show signs of a decline, but the population still feels the impact of higher prices, mainly on spending on food.

Legislative elections emboldened Biden

Even with most of the population dissatisfied, Joe Biden’s Democratic party achieved better than expected results in the mid-term elections: it managed to expand the narrow majority in the Senate and lost control of the Chamber of Deputies by a small margin – much smaller than expected.

At the time, the party’s good performance encouraged Biden to say that he had not yet defined it with certainty, but he did intend to run for president in 2024.

But the results of the legislative elections should not be read only as an expression of support for Biden, since many other factors may have led the electorate to vote for Democratic candidates, such as, for example, the rejection of names supported by Trump, whose popularity is also in decline.

Biden is expected to announce his candidacy shortly after the State of the Union address, scheduled for February 7, in which he is expected to talk about government achievements in 2022.

Source: CNN Brasil

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