Despite concerns about the economy, President Joe Biden’s approval rating has recently improved, according to a recent AP-NORC poll.
Results found that 45% of Americans approve of Biden’s performance “on the heels of several policy successes,” up from a low of 36% in July. This is likely welcome news for Democrats as the midterm elections loom in November.
“The improvement in Biden’s ratings is largely driven by renewed support among Democrats,” said AP-NORC. “Seventy-eight percent of Democrats approve of Biden’s job performance, up from 65% in July and 72% in June.”
Online and telephone interviews were conducted with 1,054 adults from Sept. 9 through Sept. 12.
Among Democrats, 66% approve of the president’s economic policies, a big jump from 54% in June. More people who participated in the recent poll (38%) also approve of how Biden is handling the economy, another big jump from 28% in June. However, a Bureau of Labor Statistics report released after the poll showed that inflation rose again in August after staying flat in July.
Independents had also become more positive about Biden’s performance from June to the first weeks of September. In June, 25% approved of how he was handling his job and the most recent polls show that has increased to 36%. While only 14% of independents approved of Biden’s management of the economy in June, 28% have a favorable view, per the poll results.
Overall, 27% of Americans said things in the country are headed in the right direction, up 10% compared to July and 13% compared to June. In June, 21% of Democrats said the country was headed in the right direction, which increased to 44% per the latest poll.
Meanwhile, Republicans remained mostly critical of Biden’s performance.