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Inflation concerns keep Biden approval at 40%, poll says

Inflation concerns keep Biden approval at 40%, poll says

US President Joe Biden’s public approval rating held steady at 40% in early August as concerns about the economy weighed on Americans’ sentiments about his performance despite falling inflation.

The Reuters/Ipsos online poll, taken this week, matched the July reading, which also indicated 40% approval for Biden.

Some 54% of respondents said they disapproved of the Democratic president’s performance, while 6% were unsure or did not respond. The poll has a margin of error of three percentage points.

The economy and unemployment remain top concerns for Americans, with one-fifth of respondents citing it as the most important issue facing the United States today. A full 60% of respondents said they disapproved of Biden’s handling of inflation.

Households across the US have been struggling with the most severe inflation in decades under the Biden administration, even though the rate of price increases has recently dropped. Economic growth has been modest, but the unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest levels in decades.

A separate Reuters/Ipsos poll last week found that concerns about the economy could cost Biden support in the 2024 election, with the possibility of facing a new election against former Republican President Donald Trump.

One in five respondents who voted for Biden in 2020 said they weren’t sure who they would vote for this time around.

Biden’s most recent poll approval rating of 40% was four points above the 36% low he hit in mid-2022.

Source: CNN Brasil