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Approval of Joe Biden has dipped to the lowest of his presidency.

AP poll: Biden approval drops to new low in May

May 20, 2022


According to the latest presidential approval poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Research, President Joe Biden’s popularity is the lowest it’s been over the course of his presidency. The May edition of the poll had President Biden’s approval at 39%, down from 45%.

“I don’t know how much worse it can get,” Milan Ramsey, a 29-year-old high school counselor and Democrat in Santa Monica, California, said. “He hasn’t delivered on any of the promises. I feel like the stimulus checks came out and that was the last win of his administration.”

Ramsey’s concerns appear to be a pattern within the Democratic party. Democratic approval of Biden was at 73% in the month of May, down from 82% the previous month and the lowest of his presidency. Just 33% of Democrats said the country is headed in the right direction, down from 49% in April.

Overall, two thirds of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economy. While that rating is largely unchanged over the last few months, there are signs that the dissatisfaction with Biden on the economy has deepened. Just 18% of Americans say Biden’s policies have done more to help than hurt the economy, down slightly from 24% in March. Fifty-one percent say they’ve done more to hurt than help, while 30% say they haven’t made much difference either way.

Meanwhile 45% of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of the U.S. relationship with Russia, while 54% disapprove. The new poll shows just 21% of Americans have “a great deal of confidence” in Biden’s ability to handle the situation in Ukraine. 39% say they have some confidence and 39% say they have hardly any.
The AP-NORC poll of 1,172 adults was conducted May 12-16 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.