Even Americans who voted for President Joe Biden in 2020 appear skeptical of how things are going in America, according to a newly released poll.
Roughly one year into his presidency, Biden’s administration has been plagued with controversies surrounding the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, COVID-19 vaccine mandates, surging coronavirus cases, and rising inflation.
Even the president’s own supporters acknowledge that things could be going much better, according to the results of a CBS News poll released Sunday.
When asked how they felt “things in America today are going,” just 4 percent of respondents said “very well,” and 22 percent said “somewhat well.” Meanwhile, 36 percent said they were going “somewhat badly,” and 37 percent said “very badly.”
Among Biden voters, just 6 percent said things were going “very well,” compared to 35 percent who said they were going “somewhat well.” Moreover, 41 percent said they were going “somewhat badly,” and 17 percent responded with “very badly.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, just 2 percent of people who voted for former President Donald Trump in 2020 said things were going “very well,” while 6 percent said they were going “somewhat well.” The vast majority of Trump voters said things were going “somewhat badly” or “very badly” — 26 percent and 66 percent, respectively.
Overall, the poll showed that many Americans are frustrated with the job Biden is doing.
Fifty percent of respondents said his presidency has made them feel “frustrated,” 49 percent said it’s made them feel “disappointed,” and 40 percent said it’s made them “nervous.”
Just 38 percent of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of the economy, while less than half — 49 percent — said he is doing a good job of handling the coronavirus pandemic.
And while Biden’s approval rating among Americans under the age of 30 sat at 70 percent last February, the CBS poll pegged it at just 42 percent in January 2022.
Overall, the poll showed Biden’s approval rating sits at just 44 percent. That’s a bit higher than his numbers in the RealClearPolitics polling average, which showed him with a 41.7 percent approval rating as of Monday.
As for the methodology of CBS’ poll, the outlet reported: “This CBS News/YouGov survey was conducted with a nationally representative sample of 2,094 U.S. adult residents interviewed between January 12-14, 2022. The sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the U.S. Census American Community Survey and Current Population Survey, as well as to 2020 presidential vote. The margin of error is ±2.5 points.”