WASHINGTON D.C.: In a newly released ABC News poll, U.S. President Joe Biden received heavy criticism from the U.S. public for his handling of the economy, COVID-19 and gun violence.
Approval for his coordination of the COVID-19 pandemic took a significant drop as the Omicron variant spreads throughout the U.S., resulting in new mask mandates, travel restrictions and the need for a third vaccine shot.
While 53 percent of Americans still approve of Biden’s actions, 45 percent now disapprove, the highest figure since he took office and a nearly 20 percentage point drop from March, when 72 percent approved of his response to the Covid pandemic.
Biden’s approval rating for his handling of gun violence and crime also dropped seven-percentage points since October, as the U.S. has experienced a surge in gun-related violence and deaths this year, including a shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan that left four dead.
The poll found two-thirds of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of gun violence, while 32 percent approve, and only 36 percent of Americans approve of his handling of crime, while 61 percent disapprove, the lowest numbers since he took office.
Americans have also named inflation as their top concern, ahead of the pandemic, and the poll found 28 percent approve of Biden’s handling of inflation, while 69 percent disapprove.
Biden’s handling of the economic recovery has also seen a drop in approval, with 41 percent of Americans approving his handling in December, compared to 47 percent in October, while 57 percent of those surveyed disapprove of his handling of the economy, compared to 53 percent in October.
The poll was conducted on 10th and 11th December.