President Joe Biden was hoping for a bump in his approval ratings after he gave his first formal State of the Union address last week.
But according to a new survey, that didn’t happen. In fact, his approval has actually dropped further.
One NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll did find the president’s approval rating jump 8 percentage points from last month’s 39 percent to 47 percent after his State of the Union message, but that survey seems to be an outlier.
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The Real Clear Politics average of polls still finds Biden nearly 12 percentage points underwater with just 41.6 percent approving and 53.5 percent disapproving, which is around where he has been for months.
That’s not the only bad polling news that has hit Biden recently.
Last week, a Washington Post/ABC News poll found that a majority of adults in the United States believe Biden is mentally unfit to serve as president while also revealing the lowest job approval rating (37 percent) from the poll since becoming president over a year ago.
Biden’s approval ratings have been falling for months after taking a nosedive following the chaotic and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan in August.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll last month, for instance, Biden’s approval rating had fallen to a new low of 41 percent for that survey.
The poll, which was conducted between February 2-3 on 1,005 Americans, asked: “Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as President[?]”
According to the results, 56% disapproved.
The survey marks the lowest approval and highest disapproval in the regular Reuters/Ipsos poll since Biden’s inauguration.
Politically speaking, Biden is facing a torrent of headwinds. Oil prices have risen to their highest level since 2008, briefly touching $130 barrel over the weekend as average gas prices rose to more than $4 a gallon.
Food and housing costs have also risen with inflation topping 5 and 6 percent in the Biden era, wiping out wage gains made during the Trump administration.