Biden’s approval rating on key issues sinks even lower

Just 36% of respondents said they approve of Biden’s handling of crime, a steep 7% drop from 43% in late October.

President Joe Biden (White House/Flickr)

(Daily Caller News Foundation) — President Joe Biden’s job approval rating continues to fall as voters grow increasingly dissatisfied with his handling of key issues, according to a new poll.

Just 36% of respondents said they approve of Biden’s handling of crime, a steep 7% drop from 43% in late October, according to the results of an ABC News/Ipsos poll conducted Dec. 10-11 and released Sunday. Similarly, just 32% of respondents said they approve of the president’s handling of gun violence, another 7% drop from late October.

Faith in Biden’s handling of the “economic recovery” also declined sharply, with 41% of respondents saying they approved of Biden’s economic leadership. The figure is a 6% drop from October and a 19% drop from March, when approval of Biden’s management of the economy was at its highest, 60%.

On inflation, Biden scored a dismal 28% approval rating, as the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which tracks inflation, measured a 6.8% year-over-year increase in December, the highest rate in 39 years.

Biden’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic received the most support out of key issues among respondents, with 53% approving his leadership, though the figure is down 16% since Biden took office and 3% since late October. Over half of respondents backed Biden’s employee vaccine mandate requiring companies with over 100 employees to require vaccinations or weekly testing as a condition of employment, though the mandate is currently blocked by federal courts.

Moreover, 53% of respondents backed Biden’s handling of rebuilding America’s infrastructure, a slight 1% increase from October but down 9% since August. Biden signed his bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill into law in mid-November.

The survey was conducted using Ipsos Public Affairs’ KnowledgePanel and used a sample of 524 adults, with a 5% margin of error.