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Biden’s average approval hits all time low of 43.4% amid criticism over inflation and border crisis

A poll aggregator tracking President Joe Biden‘s day-to-day job performance rating has clocked in the Democrat’s worst approval numbers yet over the weekend as a growing number of Americans hold him at least partially responsible for soaring inflation and a worsening border crisis.

The 78-year-old president’s popularity slipped to just 43.4 percent from Friday through Sunday, FiveThirtyEight’s lowest score for Biden yet. 

It only went up slightly to 43.5 percent as of Monday morning.

His unpopularity meanwhile has hit new highs, with 50.6 percent of people disapproving of Biden’s job in the White House. Over the weekend, the number was slightly higher at 50.7 percent.

Meanwhile a Morning Consult/Politico poll from mid-October shows that voters are unhappy with Biden on several fronts. 

The vast majority of people surveyed have said they are either somewhat or very concerned about the rising cost of goods in the country. More than half – 58 percent – have said they are ‘very concerned.’   

Approval and disapproval ratings for Joe Biden’s White House tenure hit new record points over the weekend

Biden’s approval rating on FiveThirtyEight’s poll aggregation site was just 43.5 percent today, slightly higher than the all-time low for the outlet of 43.4 percent over the weekend

The most recent data out of the Labor Department shows that consumer prices rose 5.4 percent year-over in September, a 13-year high. It was the second month in a row the US saw a record increase in prices. 

Sixty-two percent of respondents hold the Biden administration somewhat or very responsible for the record spike in consumer goods. 

Just 10 percent of people said the White House is not responsible at all, and 40 percent have said it is ‘very responsible.’

Overall prices for food at home rose 4.5 percent, with meat up 10 percent, eggs up 13 percent, and fresh fruit rising 5 percent from a year ago. 

Gas at the pump is nearly double what it was last year, rising a staggering 42 percent.

And supply chain bottlenecks stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruption of the global economy have forced the White House to exert its influence over private companies to up their output to help mitigate the strain. 

Those bottlenecks mean extra stress for holiday shoppers and often barren shelves at the grocery store. 

Republican critics of the Biden administration have used Americans’ financial strife as a political cudgel, coining the term ‘Bidenflation.’ 

A vast majority of respondents said they are concerned about rising prices across the country

A vast majority of respondents said they are concerned about rising prices across the country

'Bidenflation' has become a growing concern among American voters and is being used as a political cudgel by Biden's Republican rivals

‘Bidenflation’ has become a growing concern among American voters and is being used as a political cudgel by Biden’s Republican rivals

The consumer price index rose 5.4 percent in September from a year ago, up slightly from August's gain of 5.3 percent and matching the increases in June and July

The consumer price index rose 5.4 percent in September from a year ago, up slightly from August’s gain of 5.3 percent and matching the increases in June and July

The cost of gas at the pump shot up a staggering 42 percent from last year

The cost of gas at the pump shot up a staggering 42 percent from last year

And it looks like many American voters agree, according to the Politico poll. 

More than 50 percent believe Biden is more responsible than Donald Trump for the current state of the economy. 

Just 41 percent of people approve how Biden is handling the US economy versus 51 percent who disapprove. 

When it comes to the southern border, more than half of Americans appear to want the White House to take further action. 

Only eight percent of those who responded said they are not concerned about illegal immigration. In contrast 26 percent said they were ‘somewhat concerned’ and 47 percent are ‘very concerned.’ 

Asked about the president’s handling of the border crisis, 57 percent of people surveyed have said they disapprove while 35 percent of people expressed the opposite. 

On Friday the US government revealed that it recorded more than 1.7 million apprehensions at the US-Mexico border. 

It was the highest number of illegal crossings since at least 1960, only slightly surpassing the 1.6 million people encountered by Customs and Border Protection in 2000.

In September, 192,000 migrants were encountered at the southwestern border. That’s down slightly from the 209,840 people apprehended in August, a staggering number that followed a record-breaking 213,593 apprehensions in July.

Illegal immigration at the southern border has also become a growing source of concern amid record spikes in the number of migrants apprehended there

Illegal immigration at the southern border has also become a growing source of concern amid record spikes in the number of migrants apprehended there

The surge of migrants at the border is straining local governments, the Homeland Security department and is putting Biden in a negative light amongst Americans

The surge of migrants at the border is straining local governments, the Homeland Security department and is putting Biden in a negative light amongst Americans

The total encounters in FY 2021 are the highest since 1986 and far surpass any migration numbers in the surge during Donald Trump's presidency

The total encounters in FY 2021 are the highest since 1986 and far surpass any migration numbers in the surge during Donald Trump’s presidency

Migrants from Central America walk on a highway in a caravan heading to the Mexican capital to apply for asylum and refugee status, in Tapachula municipality, in Chiapas state, Mexico, October 24

Migrants from Central America walk on a highway in a caravan heading to the Mexican capital to apply for asylum and refugee status, in Tapachula municipality, in Chiapas state, Mexico, October 24 

Even Biden’s top immigration officials, like Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, have publicly and privately expressed varying levels of concern over the situation. 

The damning poll results are the latest numbers showing Biden’s sinking favorability. However they come at a crucial time for Democrats, as the midterm election cycle looms just over a year away. Even more imperative for the president’s party is the upcoming Virginia governor’s race, less than a month away.

The standoff between former Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe and Trump-backed businessman Glenn Youngkin is widely being viewed as a bellwether for Democrats’ future performance and a referendum on the president himself. 

Biden will be campaigning with McAuliffe in Arlington on Tuesday after Barack Obama appeared alongside him last week, reflecting the importance the race has in even the highest levels of political power.

But it’s after McAuliffe distanced himself from the president last month, also at a time when Biden was seeing sinking favorability. 

Compared to past presidents Biden is seeing the highest disapproval rating of any administration through Harry Truman’s. The only commander-in-chief in that saw lower approval numbers at this point in their term since 1945 was Gerald Ford.


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