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Biden’s approval rating falls to lowest level in almost two years – Reuters/Ipsos poll

By Jason Lange

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. president Joe BidenThe president’s public approval rating fell to the lowest level in almost two years this month, making the lowest showing of his presidency a warning sign for his re-election efforts, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.

The four-day poll, which concluded Monday, found that only 36% of Americans approve of Biden’s performance as president, down from 38% in April. It was a return to the lowest approval rating of his presidency, last seen in July 2022. While this month’s decline was within the poll’s 3 percentage point margin of error, it could bode ill for Biden as he faces Republicans. Donald Trump in the November 5 presidential election.

Biden, a Democrat, is largely tied with Trump in national polls asking voters how they will vote. But Trump has held a narrow lead over Biden in many polls in the states likely to determine the winner in the US Electoral College.

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The poll revealed both Biden’s weaknesses and some strengths. The state of the economy was seen as the most important issue, picked by 23% of respondents as the most important problem facing the country. About 21% saw political extremism as the main problem and 13% chose immigration.

About 40% of respondents in the poll said Trump, who was president from 2017 to 2021, had better policies for the US economy, compared to 30% who chose Biden, while the rest said they did not know or had no answered the question question.

Trump had a significant lead on immigration, with 42% of respondents preferring his approach to the issue, while 25% chose Biden.

Biden had a modest lead on political extremism, with 34% of respondents choosing the president’s approach and 30% saying Trump was better on this issue.

Respondents said they thought Trump had the better approach to foreign conflict and terrorism, with 36% preferring Trump on that issue, compared to 29% who preferred Biden.

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The state of the US economy is shaping up to be one of the bigger factors weighing on Biden’s re-election hopes.

Voters have been plagued by several years of rapidly rising consumer prices, although inflation has eased significantly in recent months and the unemployment rate has been below 4% for more than two years. Biden’s age, 81, also worries voters.

Also weighing on the president, a separate Reuters/Ipsos poll this month found many Democrats disapprove of Biden’s response to Israel’s war against Hamas militants. The poll released Tuesday did not ask whether Americans approve of Biden’s support for Israel’s war effort in Gaza, which sharply divides Democrats.

Lurking over Trump, 77, are four criminal charges, including a criminal hush-money trial in New York that will wrap up next week. Trump opted Tuesday not to testify in the case, which involves allegations that he falsified company records, quickly wrapping up his defense and clearing the way for jurors to begin deliberations next week. Two other ongoing lawsuits are related to his efforts to overturn his loss to Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

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Trump falsely claims that his 2020 election defeat was the result of fraud. He included this claim in a fiery speech shortly before hundreds of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Five people died.

(Reporting by Jason Lange, Editing by Deepa Babington)

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