How Americans think Joe Biden has done on their most important priorities after a year ::

– President Joe Biden took office promising to end the Covid-19 pandemic, stimulate a lagging economy, get Americans back to work, restore US credibility abroad and to heal a divided nation.

After a year, the criticisms of the American people in public polls on these matters, in many cases, have not been kind.

Biden won’t face voters again until 2024, the ultimate judgment on how the American people feel about the job he’s done in office. But to get a benchmark for how Americans feel about the issues closest to them, CNN analyzed recent polls in areas that mattered most to Americans in January 2021, when Biden took office. .

The president has faced a variety of unique public health, diplomatic and economic obstacles. He also claimed victories, including a drop in the unemployment rate, the acceleration of vaccinations against Covid-19 and the passage of two major legislative priorities.

But while the administration has bragged about all it has done to improve the country over the past year, public perception has not followed.

Just 41% of Americans approve of how Biden handles his job while 54% disapprove, according to the latest CNN Poll of Polls.

On Wednesday, Biden acknowledged the need to reach out to Americans ahead of the midterm elections in November, vowing to spend the second year talking with the public and defending “what we’ve already done, why it matters.” , and … what if they support what else I want to do.”

jobs and the economy

In his first year in office, Biden has taken a number of steps intended to support the economy and create jobs, including signing the US bailout and the bipartisan Infrastructure Act.

But as the pandemic drags on into its third calendar year, the president has faced challenges trying to improve supply chain issues and inflation, labor shortages and inventory volatiles have affected US consumers.

A December 2021 CNN/SSRS poll shows Biden entering his second year with 44% approval to 55% disapproval among registered voters on his economic performance. This gives a net approval rating of -9 points. The average of all the polls taken in December is quite similar with Biden at -13 points on the economy.

The average president at this point in the past 44 years (since we asked about it) had a net economic approval rating of +5 points. That means Biden is 18 points below the average.

In a December NPR/Marist poll, most of those who received stimulus payments or received the expanded child tax credit that began last summer said those payments helped little or nothing. at all.

A CNN survey from December found that 54% said they disapproved of the work Biden was doing to help the middle class.


The economic and public health challenges of the pandemic dominated Biden’s first-year agenda.

The Biden administration has undertaken a number of major efforts to combat Covid-19, such as ramping up vaccine manufacturing and distribution, procuring and deploying vaccines overseas, and l purchase of large quantities of antiviral treatments.

But there were also missteps.

In recent months, for example, the Biden administration has taken heat for Covid-19 testing shortages that occurred when the Omicron variant led to a new surge of cases this winter. In late December, Biden acknowledged that not enough had been done to expand testing capacity. And now, as the tide appears to be about to subside, new efforts to distribute masks nationwide and half a billion rapid tests by mail are just rolling out.

A Monmouth University poll in December found that 60% of adults feel drained by the changes they’ve had to make in their daily lives due to Covid-19, and that the share who think Biden is doing good job of dealing with the coronavirus fell to 46%, below 50% for the first time in the Monmouth poll. Biden’s ratings for handling Covid-19 have generally been better than his overall approval rating.

Diplomacy and foreign policy

Biden took office saying America was returning to the world stage by re-entering global agreements, like the Paris climate accords, and re-establishing close ties with America’s allied nations.

But there were challenges, including the disorderly US withdrawal from Afghanistan, tensions with Russia and China, as well as a major diplomatic kerfuffle with France over nuclear submarines.

According to a CBS poll released earlier this week, 62% of adults disapprove of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan. On these tensions with Russia and China, Biden receives slightly better marks but is still underwater — 55% disapprove of his handling of issues with Russia and 59% disapprove of his handling of issues with China.

And a Pew Research Center survey in June found that in each of the 16 foreign countries polled, more than 6 in 10 expressed confidence in Biden to do the right thing in world affairs. Twelve countries polled by Pew in 2020 and 2021 showed a median of 75% expressing confidence in Biden, compared to 17% for then-President Donald Trump in 2020.

Political division

The president came into office calling for national unity, following the violent uprising in the United States Capitol by pro-Trump rioters trying to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Biden also spent its first year voicing the importance of compromise, using its infrastructure law as a prime example of how Republicans and Democrats can achieve major feats when they work together.

But a Pew Research Center analysis from November found that political polarization among Americans remains dominant, and Republicans and Democrats agree on very little. And even within their own parties, they face strong divisions.

The Associated Press-NORC poll released Thursday showed just 16% of American adults felt the country was much more or somewhat more united, compared to 43% who said they were much more or somewhat more divided. Forty-two percent of those polled said things were neither more united nor more divided under Biden.

Opinions on Biden are also sharply divided along party lines. Earlier this week, Gallup found that political party polarization in its presidential approval ratings is at its highest for any freshman president.

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