A recent NBC News poll of adults indicates that President Joe Biden's job approval rating is deeply underwater, with 55% who disapprove of his job performance compared to just 40% who approve of it. While 42% strongly disapprove of the job Biden is doing, 16% strongly approve, 13% somewhat disapprove, and 24% somewhat approve.
A whopping 63% disapprove of how the Biden is dealing with the economy, while only 33% approve.
And while 52% disapprove of how Biden is handling the Russia-Ukraine war, only 41% approve. The poll also found a dearth of confidence in the president on this issue: While 44% expressed having "Very little confidence" in the president's ability to react to the conflict and manage the crisis, 27% had "Just some confidence," 16% had "Quite a bit of confidence," and 12% had "A great deal of confidence."
Earlier this month, Biden issued an executive order to prohibit the importation of crude oil and other products into the U.S. from Russia. The poll found that 79% agree with the move by the U.S. to block Russian oil, even if it produces higher fuel prices.
The poll, which was carried out March 18 to 22, does not bode well for Democrats heading into the 2022 midterm elections as the party aims to maintain control in Congress.
Among registered voters, 46% would prefer for the election to result in a GOP-controlled Congress, while 44% would prefer for the election to result in a Democrat-controlled legislature, a close split which falls within the margin of error.
"What this poll says is that President Biden and Democrats are headed for a catastrophic election," Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinions Strategy said, according to NBC News — the outlet noted that McInturff carried out the survey along with Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates.
President Biden has for some time been facing poor approval ratings across a variety of polls.