Biden's approval rating continues to slip as war rages in Ukraine and inflation spikes

U.S. President Joe Biden.
U.S. President Joe Biden waits to speak about the February jobs report during an event at the White House complex March 4, 2022 in Washington, DC. Photo credit Win McNamee/Getty Images
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According to a new poll, approval for President Joe Biden and faith that he can deal with several issues have hit all-time lows.

The NBC News Poll found that approval for Biden's overall job during his second year in office is at 40%, the lowest recorded by the pollers during his presidency, and disapproval is at 55%.

In January, the same polling group found that Biden's overall rating was 43%, with 54% disapproving.

Breaking down specific issues, the poll found that 7 in 10 Americans have low confidence that Biden can deal with Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

It also found that 8 in 10 Americans worry the war will increase gas prices and involve nuclear weapons, along with only 33% approving of his handling of the economy, what respondents called the most important issue on the poll.

Of those polled, 61% reported family income falling behind the cost of living, and 31% said they're staying even as Americans continue to fight an increase in prices everywhere.

Regarding who Americans are blaming for inflation, 38% are putting it on the president and his policies, 28% blamed the pandemic, and 6% blamed the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The poll also found that an overwhelming majority feel the country is headed in the wrong direction, with inflation being the highest it's been in 40 years.

On top of the disapproval and distrust in Biden and his ability to handle issues plaguing the nation and the world, the poll found that Republicans are favored when Americans were asked which party should control Congress after the midterm elections.

The poll was conducted between March 18-22 and included 1,000 adults as the president readied for a trip to Europe to show support for Ukraine and meet with members of NATO and U.S. forces in Poland.

With respondents continuing to lose faith in most areas, there has been an increase in support for Biden's handling of the pandemic, up to 51%, and almost 80% of Americans agree with his decision to ban Russian oil, despite possible increases at the pump.

When it comes to who exactly is not on board with the president compared to the same poll conducted in January, Black respondents fell two points, with 62% approving, women dropped to 44%, Latinos to 39%, and independents to 32%.

As for the top issue Americans want Biden to address, 68% picked inflation and the economy, and 29% said the war in Ukraine.

The poll reported a margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points.

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