The public is not yet sold on Bidenomics as President Joe Biden saw a small bump in his job performance, according to the latest Monmouth national poll.
In a poll released July 18, only 3 in 10 Americans feel the country is doing a better job recovering economically than the rest of the world since the pandemic. President Biden earns a split decision on his handling of jobs and unemployment, with 47% approving and 48% disapproving.
But the President is underwater when it comes to his handling of transportation and energy infrastructure (43% approve/51% disapprove). The worst news is that 62% disapprove of his handling of inflation, compared to 34% who approve.
“The president has been touting ‘Bidenomics,’ but the needle of public opinion has not really moved. Americans are just not giving him a lot of credit when it comes to the economy,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Unsurprisingly, the poll finds a significant partisan divide as over 70% of Democrats give the president positive marks on these policy areas and more than 80% of Republicans give a thumbs down. Support from Independents stands at 41% for jobs and unemployment, 37% for transportation and energy infrastructure, and 26% for inflation—similar to Biden’s ratings for these three policy areas in a Monmouth poll taken last September.
Post Pandemic Recovery
Monmouth pollsters noted that while the U.S. economy has been recovering from the coronavirus pandemic that increased prices worldwide better than most countries, this is not translating with voters.
Just 30% of the American public believes the U.S. economy is in a better place than the rest of the world; 32% say the U.S. economy’s recovery from this situation is worse than other countries and another 33% say the U.S. recovery is about the same as the rest of the world.
Another number that Biden and Democrats have to contend with is that 25% of the public says the country is going in the right direction, while 68% say it is on the wrong track.
There was good news in the poll for the President as his overall job performance rating currently stands at 44% approval, three points higher than it has been over the past few months.
In other poll findings, Vice President Kamala Harris receives a job rating of 40% approve and 52% disapprove. Pollsters noted these numbers have not moved much since the Jersey Shore polling outfit started polling the vice president’s job performance earlier this year.
But the numbers for the executive branch are about double of the House and Senate as the approval rating is at 22% approve and 68% disapprove, in line with poll findings since last Fall.
Jeffries Up, McConnell Down
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) receives a net positive score from the American public (24% approve and 18% disapprove), but only 4 in 10 know enough about him to register an opinion. His approval rating is surpassed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) who has a 25% approval rating, while 37% disapprove.
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has a 23% approval rating, compared with 39% unhappy with his job performance. While McCarthy has become better known since taking the Speaker’s gavel in January, his net rating is basically unchanged because both his approve and disapprove numbers have increased.
The public’s lowest leader ratings are reserved for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as 50% disapprove while 12% approve. As a whole, Democrats tend to be more positive about their party’s leadership than Republicans are about their own congressional leaders.