Now, 51% say they approve of Biden and 49% disagree. In August, 59% approved of Biden while 54% did so in July. As Americans prepare for the chaotic and deadly evacuation of Afghanistan, American mounted border patrol agents charge at Haitian refugees and the unshakeable threat of the coronavirus delta variant, and as Biden tries to negotiate his tax, infrastructure, and economic policies through Congress, these results are expected.
Biden's approval ratings have dropped slightly since July among Democrats (92% to 85%) as well as among independents (from 62% - 38%). Only 11% of Republicans approves of the president, which is very similar to July.
Approval fell slightly among white Americans (from 49% to 42%) as well as Black Americans (86% and 64%).
Some people who were mixed about Biden's performance remained favorable to Trump in follow-up interviews. They stated that Biden was dealing with a pandemic that started under the former president. This was due to an Afghanistan withdrawal that Trump negotiated and an economy tilted in the favor of corporations and the rich because of Trump’s tax cuts.
Acarla Strickland (41), a Atlanta-based health care worker who voted for Biden but now feels uneasy about him, said that Trump had a lot of to do with the current situation.
Strickland, a mother to four children, said she has been able to benefit from the monthly child credit payments as part of Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus Relief Package. She feels that the government should do more to assist Americans. Strickland stated that she borrowed $66,000 for a master's degree, and is concerned about the possibility of never repaying the debt.
Only 34% of Americans believe the country is heading in the right direction. This is down from the nearly half of Americans who stated that during the first month of Biden’s presidency. Trump supporters like Larry Schuth feel that Biden is causing harm to the country by trying to expand government and mismanage the southern border. New York resident Hilton said he would love to visit Canada, but cannot due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Schuth, 81, said that if he had a plan for destroying this country and dividing this country, I don’t know how you would do it any better. We're spending too much money. We plan to spend even more. We don't have any southern borders."
According to the poll, 47% of Americans approve that Biden handles the economy. This is down from 60% in March, but still similar to August.
Biden's initial optimism has been met by the reality of employers struggling for workers and higher than expected inflation as supply chains issues making it more difficult to find automobiles and household appliances. In August, hiring was slowed by the rise of the variant and some Americans' reluctance to get vaccinated.
Roni Klass is a Miami tutor in her 70s who said that she was happy to vote for Trump, but she was concerned about inflation because of her dependency on Social Security and the low wages.
She said that the grocery store prices have really risen since she went there. "My money is not keeping up to the money I have to go out so I need to make as many savings as possible."
According to the poll, 57% of respondents approve of Biden’s handling of coronavirus pandemic. This is a similar number to August, but it's still significantly lower than July when 66% approved. It remains Biden's most important issue in the poll. Nearly 9 out of 10 Democrats approve of Biden’s handling of the pandemic. This compares to just 2 percent of 10 Republicans. About 3 out 10 Republicans voted in July.
more approve than disapprove that Biden has made the decision to mandate that all U.S. workers get vaccinated, or face regular testing. 51% to 34% of Americans approve, while 14% say they don't approve. Around 8 out 10 Democrats approve, while 6 in 10 Republicans disapprove.
Biden has issues with foreign policy. Only 34% of those polled approve of Biden's overall foreign policy handling, while only 43% approve of his handling the Afghanistan situation. Only 54% of Democrats approve of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan. Only 10% of Republicans agree.
However, Americans are slightly more likely than others to approve or disapprove the decision to withdraw the last U.S. military troops from Afghanistan at August's end. 45% said they approve and 39% disapprove. Two-thirds of Democrats support the decision to withdraw troops. Only 25% of Republicans agree. About two-thirds (or roughly) of Republicans disapprove.
46% approve of Biden's national security handling, and 52% disapprove.
This poll was taken just after tensions with France over a sub-marine deal with Australia. However, it found that 50% of respondents approve of Biden's handling of relationships with allies. It is similar to his overall approval rating.
Only 35% of Americans are satisfied with Biden's handling on immigration. This is down from 43% who were supportive in April when it was one of Biden’s most difficult issues. Biden's views on immigration are at a relative low level within his party, with 60% of Democrats and 6% of Republicans saying that they approve.
Despite his commitment to humane immigration policies and the ongoing border-crossings, as well as the flow of refugees from Haiti or Afghanistan, there have been difficult debates and disturbing images. Voters are divided on whether they want to allow more foreigners into their country or to focus more on the needs and wants of the citizens.
Anthony Beard, 48-year-old chef from Lansing in Michigan, said, "There's not enough money to take good care of our own."