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Poll: Confidence in Biden's ability to handle key issues declining

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

The US citizens' confidence in President Joe Biden’s ability to handle the country’s key issues -- the coronavirus pandemic, immigration, gun violence and rebuilding infrastructure -- is eroding, a new poll found.

According to a new poll released by ABC News/Ipsos on Wednesday, confidence in Biden’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the US’s most urgent issue, has dipped 7 points among independents and 14 points among Republicans.

Pollsters also found the people’s confidence in Biden’s performance on infrastructure, a milestone in his presidency, at 55 percent, which shows that 44 percent of the people are not satisfied with his performance.

The poll comes in a situation that the US president’s overall approval rating has dropped to 43 percent only eight months after his inauguration.

According to a Gallup poll released last week, majority of the US citizens, 53 percent, disapproved of Biden’s performance.

The rating is the lowest number Gallup has recorded so far for the first-term president.

Following the chaotic withdrawal of the US forces from Afghanistan, which led to the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, Biden’s approval rating has dropped below 50 percent over multiple polls.

Biden’s exit, which effectively ended the United States’ two-decade war in Afghanistan, has also led to an infighting in the US, where politicians blame each other for the return of the Taliban to power.

Meanwhile, the US president pinned the blame on former US President Donald Trump, reiterating that he has inherited a bad withdrawal agreement.


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