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Less than a third of Iovans have Joe Biden serving as president, a major drop from earlier this year.
Thirty-one percent of Iovans agree with how Biden is handling his job, while 62% disapprove and 7% are not sure, according to the latest Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll.
This is a 12 percentage point drop in approvals from June, last time the question was asked. Biden’s rejection numbers increased by 10 points during the same period. In June, 43% approved and 52% disapproved.
Biden’s job approvals in Iowa are not in net positive territory since march, when 47% of Iowans approved his performance and 44% disapproved.
“It’s a bad poll for Joe Biden, and it’s playing into everything he touches right now,” pollster J. Ann Selzer said.
The poll’s partisan breakdown shows Biden has almost no Republican support. Only 4% of Republicans say they approve of his performance as president, while 95% disapprove. Among Democrats, that number is largely the reverse, with 86% approving and 7% disapproving. Most political independents disapprove at 62%, while 29% approve.
Biden’s job approval rating is below former President Donald Trump’s worst performance in an Iowa poll. The former Republican president’s worst job approval was 35% in December 2017. Worst Iowa poll results of other recent presidents: Barack Obama, 36%, in February 2014, and George W. Bush, 25%, in September 2008.
The survey of 805 Iowa adults was conducted September 12–15 by Selzer & Company. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Poll respondent: ‘The way we got out of Afghanistan was very sad’
This summer Biden oversaw the final US military withdrawal from Afghanistan as the Taliban quickly took control of the country. As the country fell, the world watched thousands of Afghans, US citizens and other allies flood the airport in Kabul, desperate to leave the country.
Biden is Defended the decision to end the 20 Years’ War and pointed to the evacuation of more than 120,000 people from the airport. But his administration recognized that almost 100 US citizens still in the country and want to leave.
Just 22% of Iovans approve of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan, while 69% disapprove and 8% are not sure – his worst rating among the many policy areas asked in the poll.
“The way we got out of Afghanistan was very sad,” said Brad Singleton, 45, a political independent and Montezuma pastor who identifies as a Republican. “Not the fact that we left Afghanistan, as we probably should have done so a long time ago, but the way we did, it felt like the Americans were left and it felt like we left equipment there.”
Biden’s handling of Afghanistan is the policy area where he has the least support from Democrats amid a series of tested issues. Only 61% of self-identified Democrats approve of how they have handled the issue, while 25% disapprove. In contrast, 89% of Democrats agree with how they have handled the COVID-19 pandemic.
Democrat and Spencer’s defendant Kimala Peterson, 62, said she approves of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan and prefers the United States to leave the country. But she said she still feels it could have been handled better.
Peterson, a retired library administrative assistant, said, “The thing that probably frustrates me the most is that I think it could have been handled better with Afghanistan taking out the Americans and the people who helped us.” Was.”
Others were happy to see American soldiers coming home. Jesse Guerra, a 52-year-old poll defendant and political independent from Cedar Rapids, said the military had “no reason to be there.”
“He said he was going to take them out, and he did,” he said. “As far as I know, he’s done a good job.”
Biden’s COVID-19 approval drops sharply
Biden’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which represented their highest area of approval in the earlier elections, fell fast.
Now, 36% of Iovans approve of the way Biden is handling the pandemic, while 60% disapprove and 4% are not sure. he is below 17 percentage points With 53% approval in June. Still, Biden’s handling of COVID-19 represents his highest approval rating on a tested policy issue.
The contagious delta variant has spiked COVID-19 cases in Iowa and across the country this summer, prompting the federal government to ramp up its response to the virus.
Biden announced in September that businesses with more than 100 employees must ensure their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested weekly for the disease, a rule that has hit more than 80 million people nationwide. can affect people.
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Last year politically independent and “reluctant” Trump voter Singleton said the mandate “really bothers me.”
“I think forcing people to inject something into their bodies is not the right way to handle it,” he said.
He said he thinks the country is moving in the right direction by encouraging vaccination, but he disagreed with the mandate’s announcement.
“I, personally, I was hesitant to get the vaccine, but that may have prompted me to do it,” he said. “But then when he said, ‘No, you have to,’ it cemented my resolve.”
Democratic poll respondent Peterson said she appreciates Biden’s efforts to get the United States herd immunity.
“I like the fact that he’s putting a mandate on some companies to have more than 100 employees who are vaccinated,” she said.
Even among those who have already received the COVID-19 vaccine, only 50% approved Biden’s handling of the pandemic, while 46% disapproved. Of those who haven’t been and don’t plan to be vaccinated, 4% accepted Biden’s approach to COVID-19 and 93% disapprove.
In previous elections, Biden’s response to the pandemic garnered some support from Republicans. he earned 26% approval from Republicans in March And 20% in June. But in a September poll, only 5% of Republicans say they approve of the handling of COVID-19.
COVID-19 is the only policy issue on which Biden has the approval of more than a third of Iowans.
On the economy, 32% of Iowans approve and 62% disapprove; On criminal justice, 28% approve and 54% disapprove; And on immigration, 25% approve and 67% disapprove.
Biden’s favorability continues to decline
Biden’s favorability has also declined since June. Now, 37% say they feel very favorable or mostly favorable towards Biden, while 61% say they feel mostly unfavorable or very unfavourable. Just 2% aren’t sure.
Those numbers operate from extremes.
The percentage of Iovans who say they feel very favorable to Biden fell 10 percentage points from 21% to 11% since June. Meanwhile, the percentage of those feeling very hostile jumped 11 percentage points, from 37 percent in June to 48 percent in September.
This is the worst favorability rating in Iowa since December 2013, when he was vice president. Again, 36% said they felt favorable towards him and 57% said they felt unfavourable.
Iovans is also more likely to say that things have gone down the wrong track in the nation earlier this year. The number stands at 70%, compared to 59 percent in June. The percentage of Iovans taking things in the right direction has also dropped 10 points, from 31% in June to 21% in the latest poll.
Those numbers show a clear partisan divide. Just 4% of Republicans say the country is headed in the right direction, compared to 58% of Democrats and 18% of independents. And 94% of Republicans say things are on the wrong track, compared to 30% of Democrats and 70% of independents.
about this pole
The Iowa poll, conducted September 12-15, 2021 for Mediacom by the Des Moines Register and Des Moines’s Selzer & Co., is based on telephone interviews with 805 Iovans aged 18 years or older. Interviewees from Quantel Research contacted families with randomly selected landline and cell phone numbers supplied by Dynata. Interviews were administered in English. Responses were adjusted by age, gender, and congressional district to reflect the general population based on recent American Community Survey estimates.
Questions based on a sample of 805 Iowa adults have a maximum margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Questions based on a sub-sample of 620 potential voters in the 2022 mid-term election have a maximum margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points. This means that if this survey is repeated using the same questions and the same methodology, 19 times out of 20, the findings will not differ from the actual population value by more than plus or minus 3.5 percentage points or 3.9 percentage points, respectively. Results based on small samples of respondents – such as by gender or age – have a large margin of error.
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