U.S. Satisfaction Drops to Lowest Point in Biden’s Presidency

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 23: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19 vaccines in the South Court Auditorium at the White House complex on August 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. On Monday morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for people …
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U.S. satisfaction with the “way things are going” dropped to the lowest point since President Joe Biden assumed office, a Gallup survey released Tuesday revealed.

U.S. satisfaction dropped seven points in the last month, falling to 23 percent in August. That reflects the lowest point since President Biden took office on January 20.

The 23 percent satisfaction represents a 13-point drop from the high of 36 percent seen in May. Interestingly, satisfaction is down across party lines. Democrat satisfaction with the way things are going in the country fell by double digits from July to August, plummeting from 50 percent to 39 percent. In May 2021, Democrat satisfaction stood at a Biden presidency high of 63 percent.

From July to August, satisfaction dropped 31 percent to 20 percent among independents and 8 percent to 5 percent among Republicans.

The steep decline across the board comes as Americans shift their views of the nation’s most important problem. Over a quarter, 26 percent, now say it is the coronavirus/diseases, a 14 point increase from the 12 percent who said the same in July:

Two months ago, amid positive news about the state of the pandemic in the U.S. and optimism about the future, COVID-19 had fallen to its lowest point (8%) since the beginning of the pandemic. By July, with cases on the rise and concerns about the delta variant growing, 12% of U.S. adults named COVID-19 as the nation’s top problem. Since then, COVID-19 mentions have risen 14 points to today’s 26%.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 18: Emergency Room nurses and EMTs tend to patients in hallways at the Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital on August 18, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Across Houston, hospitals have been forced to treat hundreds of patients in hallways and corridors as their emergency rooms are being overwhelmed due to the sharp increase in Delta variant cases. Hospitals are straining to keep up with the surge of new coronavirus patients as schools and businesses continue to reopen. Houston has seen an upward increase in Delta infections, and research is showing the Delta variant to be 60% more contagious than its predecessor the Alpha variant, also known as COVID-19. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Emergency Room nurses and EMTs tend to patients in hallways at the Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital on August 18, 2021, in Houston, Texas. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

The survey, taken August 2-17, 2021, among 1,006 U.S. adults, has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent. However, Gallup notes that the survey was “largely conducted prior” to the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, which could have curbed “any potential effect that might have had on Americans’ views.”

The news coincides with Biden’s approval crashing overnight, falling to 44 percent in the Rasmussen Reports’ daily survey. A USA Today survey also showed his approval taking a nosedive, falling to 41 percent.


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