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Biden’s approval drops, still close to presidential low, says Reuters/Ipsos

The two-day national poll found that 38% of Americans approve of Biden’s performance.

Although Biden’s approval rating reached 41% last week, it has mostly remained below 40% since mid-June, despite a string of Democratic legislative victories that Biden allies hope will help them defend their narrow majorities in Congress in November. .

Democrats are expected to lose control of the US House of Representatives and possibly the Senate in November.

Even in control of the House alone, Republicans can disrupt Biden’s legislative agenda and launch potentially politically damaging investigations.

Biden’s overall approval rating has been less than 50% for more than a year as Americans grapple with high inflation and an economy hit by the COVID-19 health crisis. Biden’s lowest rating at 36% – in four weekly polls in May, June and July – equals the low of his predecessor, Donald Trump, whose approval ratings plummeted to 33% in December 2017.

When this week’s poll was asked to rank the country’s biggest problems, the economy topped the list, with a third of Republicans and a quarter of Democrats citing the economy as the number one problem.

For Republicans, immigration and crime were the second biggest problems, and each was the biggest concern for about one in ten Republicans.

Among Democrats, one in eight saw the environment as the main problem, and one in 10 pointed to the end of national abortion rights. Reuters/Ipsos this week added abortion rights to a list of concerns Americans must rank, a list that also includes immigration and health care, as the issue has drawn more attention since a June US Supreme Court ruling that ended the national constitutional right. for abortion.

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The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, conducted online in English in the United States, collected answers from 1,005 adults, including 449 Democrats and 357 Republicans. The survey has a confidence interval – the measure of accuracy – of four percentage points.

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