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Biden’s approval rating hits new low in Gallup poll

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Joe Biden speaks while Vice President Kamala Harris stands near him. (Reuters file photo)

US President Joe Biden's job approval rating has dropped to a new low in Gallup's opinion poll amid rising concerns of his ability to deal with a number of issues.

According to the poll results published on Friday, Biden’s approval rating of 50 percent is down from 56 percent in June.  The rating dropped 6 percentage points from the last month in the new poll. 

Biden’s ratings had not shown significant variation before this month during his time in office, and the 50 percent marks the lowest measured for him since January 20.

The lower rating comes amid rising concerns about inflation, the Biden administration’s failure to deal with a rising number of coronavirus cases and increase the vaccination rate.

Biden has also struggled to deliver on his promise of greater bipartisanship, although negotiations on an infrastructure bill continue in the Senate.

Biden's approval ratings are marked by extreme party polarization. Only 12 percent of Republicans approved Biden’s performance in the White House in comparison to 90 percent of Democrats and 48 percent of independents who gave him a positive job approval rating.

The poll finds Biden’s approval ratings among Democrats and independents at the lowest since January.  The new poll marks the first time he has less-than majority approval among independents.

“Presidents who served in the 1950s through the 1980s -- when party ratings of presidents were far less polarized -- had higher averages, with none below 61%. This includes Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy, who averaged better than 70% job approval during their second quarters,” Gallup noted.

A recent poll has shown that more than half of the Republican voters maintain that Biden won the 2020 presidential election by voter fraud.

According to the poll carried out by the Hill and HarrisX on June 24-25, fifty-six percent of the Republican voters believe that Biden has been elected as the president of the United States as result of voter fraud.

However, eighty-eight percent of Democrats said Biden has won fairly, while 5 percent said voter fraud and 7 percent said unsure about how the race panned out.

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