President Joe Biden’s approval rating continued to decline this month, hitting 36%, one of the lowest levels in several months, according to a new poll.
A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, which ended on Wednesday, showed the president’s job approval ratings fell three percentage points in just one week and six percentage points since early June.
Wednesday’s results lag slightly behind the president’s average approval rating of roughly 39.8%, according to data compiled by RealClearPolitics. On June 13, the average rating reached a record low of 38.9%.
Biden’s approval rating hit an all-time low of 33% earlier this month, a Quinnipiac University poll showed, and the president has struggled to restore confidence in Americans as inflation continues to rise.
Even members of his own party have lost confidence in Biden: only 73% approve of the work he does as president, down one percentage point from a week earlier and also a full 12 percentage points down from a similar poll conducted by in August.
Since then, Biden’s approval rating has remained below 50%, a Reuters/Ipsos poll has shown, raising concerns about the credibility of the Democratic Party as the fall midterm elections approach.
Concerns about record inflation, sky-high gas prices and supply chain problems loomed over the upcoming election, with 34% of Americans saying the economy is the most important issue the US currently faces.
The Biden administration hopes to ease some of the strain on Americans’ pockets in the coming weeks by lifting federal gas taxes for three months. The move would raise the federal tax of 18.4 cents per gallon for gasoline and 24.4 cents for diesel.
As of Thursday, the average cost of gas in the US is $4.94 per gallon, but in some states, such as California, prices are well above $5 and $6 per gallon.
“By suspending the 18-cent federal gas tax for the next 90 days, we can lower the price of gas and make life a little easier for families,” Biden said Wednesday, urging Congress to take action.
It’s unclear if the move will pass in both houses of Congress as the two parties remain divided on the issue.
Wednesday’s poll was conducted among 1,002 Americans, including 435 Democrats and 379 Republicans, and has a confidence interval of four percentage points.