Over the past two years, President Joe Biden has made great efforts to rally fractured Democrats behind his “Build Back Better” plan in hopes of reversing his plunge in the polls.
Despite the passage of multi-trillion-dollar spending packages such as the Infrastructure Bill in 2021 and the Inflation Reduction Act in 2022, President Biden’s approval ratings have remained stagnant and have even deteriorated in recent months.
Poll after poll shows that the 46th president is clearly struggling to win over U.S. voters with his economic agenda. Moreover, his foreign policy, particularly his handling of the Israel–Hamas conflict, has made it much more difficult for him to reverse the trend.
According to NBC News, the president’s response to the Gaza conflict is to blame for this recent fall.
The decline in President Biden’s approval is most significant among Democrats, many of whom believe that Israel has gone too far in its military actions in Gaza. Additionally, among voters ages 18 to 34, a substantial 70 percent disapprove of President Biden’s handling of the Gaza crisis. Notably, 46 percent of voters in this age group approved of the president’s job performance in September, but that figure has since dropped to 31 percent.
The survey also showed President Trump leading President Biden 46 percent to 42 percent among voters younger than age 35, sparking a debate over whether the former president is truly making inroads with this demographic.
The poll was conducted Nov. 10–14, following the surprise attack on Israel by the Hamas terrorist group on Oct. 7, which resulted in more than 1,200 Israeli casualties, and the subsequent war in Gaza, which caused the deaths of thousands of Palestinians, according to Hamas-controlled Gaza health officials.
But this decline isn’t just limited to the crisis in the Middle East. Over the past few months, President Biden’s approval numbers have been steadily declining.
Most Americans are concerned about his age and disapprove of his economic policies, according to numerous polls.
President Biden’s approval rating among small-business owners has dropped to a record low of 30 percent, according to the survey, down from 43 percent in early 2021. Notably, those who strongly disapprove of his handling of the presidency (56 percent) far exceed those who strongly approve (13 percent).
A growing number of Americans are also losing faith in the American dream because of the ongoing pessimism in the country.
According to a recent Wall Street Journal/NORC survey, belief in the American dream, which suggests that hard work can lead to success regardless of one’s background, has declined significantly among Americans. Only 36 percent of respondents in the survey still believe in the American dream, compared to 53 percent in 2012 and 48 percent in 2016.
In early November, The New York Times/Siena College polls also showed President Trump leading President Biden in five of the six most important battleground states.
“Our perspective is that it’s not about age; it’s about the president’s experience,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said last week in response to questions about her boss’s age during a news briefing.
When asked about the president’s low support ratings, she said: “We’re not going to change the minds of Americans. I get that. Americans are going to feel how they feel. And we’re going to respect that.”