Nine months into Biden’s presidency, 7 in 10 Americans say US is headed in the wrong direction

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President Joe Biden dismissed concerns about his falling approval ratings while speaking with the media Sunday following the G20 summit in Rome. 

A poll released Sunday revealed that more than 50 percent of Americans disapprove with how Biden has ruled thus far and 71 percent believe the nation is heading in the wrong direction.

The president brushed off the sinking polls on the heels of soaring inflation, the ongoing border crisis and his Afghan withdrawal debacle, saying the numbers are going to fluctuate.

‘I didn’t run to determine how well I’m gonna do in the polls,’ Biden said. ‘I ran to make sure that I followed through on what I said I would do as president of the United States…I’m not running because of the polls.’ 

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President Joe Biden dismissed concerns about his falling approval ratings while speaking with the media Sunday following the G20 summit in Rome

President Joe Biden dismissed concerns about his falling approval ratings while speaking with the media Sunday following the G20 summit in Rome

Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller, who probed the president about his approval ratings – citing that although the administration has ‘done a lot’ in its first year, it has failed to pass an infrastructure deal – asked: ‘Why should the world believe that when you say America is back, that it is really it’s here to stay?’  

‘Because the way they reacted,’ Biden said of the members at G20 Summit. ‘They listened, everybody sought me out, they wanted to know what our views were, and we helped lead what happened here.

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‘We got significant support here, significant support. The United States of America is the most critical part of this entire agenda and we did it.’

Biden, whose ratings have been tanking since April, also argued that every president will see their approval ratings change throughout their term. 

‘And, by the way, look, the polls are going to go up and down and up and down. They were high early, and then they got medium, and then they went back up — now they’re low. Look at every other president, the same thing has happened,’ he said.

The president also reaffirmed several campaign promises, stating that he was not looking for approval but instead to make changes.

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‘I said we would make sure that we were in a position where we dealt with climate change, where we moved in a direction that was significantly improved – the prospects of American workers being able to have good jobs and good pay – and further, that I would make sure that we dealt with the crisis that was caused by COVID.’ 

The president's approval rating hit a new low for NBC News's Biden administration surveys

The president’s approval rating hit a new low for NBC News’s Biden administration surveys

It's bad news for Biden while he's in Europe for the G20 summit in Rome and United Nations climate summit in Glasgow

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It’s bad news for Biden while he’s in Europe for the G20 summit in Rome and United Nations climate summit in Glasgow

As Biden heads into the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow this week with high hopes, the majority of Americans have reported they are unhappy with how he’s representing them and unsure about the path he’s guiding the country on.

Biden’s approval rating among voting-age Americans has slipped to just 42 percent in the latest NBC News poll, nine months into his presidency.

That’s down from 49 percent in August, and 11 points lower than the outlet’s first survey in April, when 53 percent of Americans approved of him. 

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His disapproval rating has surged past 50 percent — to 54 — for the first time since NBC began keeping track of Biden’s presidency. 

The last survey in August saw 48 percent of Americans unhappy with the 78-year-old Democrat’s job in office. Just 39 percent disapproved in April.

Forty-six percent of people polled said they ‘strongly disapprove’ of Biden, and only 18 percent ‘strongly approve.’

Meanwhile the poll indicates most American adults have lost confidence in the country in general. 

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A staggering seven out of 10 adults — or 71 percent — believe the US is ‘off on the wrong track’ 

Less than a quarter believe it’s going in the right direction. 

Biden's approval rating among voting-age Americans has slipped to just 42 percent in the latest NBC News poll, nine months into his presidency. That's down from 49 percent in August, and 11 points lower than the outlet's first survey in April, when 53 percent of Americans approved of him

Biden’s approval rating among voting-age Americans has slipped to just 42 percent in the latest NBC News poll, nine months into his presidency. That’s down from 49 percent in August, and 11 points lower than the outlet’s first survey in April, when 53 percent of Americans approved of him

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Biden been dealing with a number of domestic crises since taking office in January, including the US's hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan, a surging number of migrants at the southern border (pictured) and supply chain issues combined with soaring inflation that have led to empty store shelves and high prices

Biden been dealing with a number of domestic crises since taking office in January, including the US’s hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan, a surging number of migrants at the southern border (pictured) and supply chain issues combined with soaring inflation that have led to empty store shelves and high prices

Pictured: Demonstrators in New York City on Oct. 28, 2021 protesting the COVID vaccine mandates

Pictured: Demonstrators in New York City on Oct. 28, 2021 protesting the COVID vaccine mandates

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‘Democrats face a country whose opinion of President Biden has turned sharply to the negative since April,’ Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt, of Hart Research Associates, told NBC News.

‘The promise of the Biden presidency — knowledge, competence and stability in tough times — have all been called into question.’

‘When you see a wrong track of 71 percent, it is a flashing red light,’ echoed Republican pollster Bill McInturff, of Public Opinion Strategies. 

‘These folks are telling us that this is not going well.’ 

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Horwitt and McInturff conducted the most recent survey in late October, just before the 78-year-old Democrat departed for the G20 summit in Rome. 

After that he’s headed to Glasgow, Scotland for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

The president is hoping to make strides in the global fight to combat climate change, even as back home members of his own party are struggling to come together over a deal on sweeping social and climate reforms. 

He’s also been dealing with a number of domestic crises since taking office in January, including the US’s hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan, a surging number of migrants at the southern border and supply chain issues combined with soaring inflation that have led to empty store shelves and high prices.  

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In September the US inflation rate rose to a 13-year high of 5.4 percent.

A vast majority of Americans also think the United States is off on the wrong track

A vast majority of Americans also think the United States is off on the wrong track

World leaders gather for the official family photograph on day one of the G20 Summit

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World leaders gather for the official family photograph on day one of the G20 Summit

Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, core inflation rose 0.2 percent in September and 4 percent compared with a year ago. The core inflation number hit a three-decade high of 4.5 percent in June. 

NBC’s poll shows a majority of Americans disapprove of how Biden is handling the country’s economic issues. 

Fifty-seven percent of people surveyed disapprove of his handling of the US economy. Four in ten Americans think he’s doing a good job on the issue.

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The latest numbers showing a dim view of the Biden administration come little more than a year before the 2022 midterm elections.

Biden’s unpopularity could have ramifications for Democrats at the federal, state and local levels — including their thin majority in Congress.

While neither party is seeing enthusiastic support in the survey, the Republicans are doing slightly better — 35 percent of people say they view the minority party in government positively and 33 percent view Democrats favorably.

But the gap between positive and negative viewpoints was much smaller for the Republican Party, with 43 percent of Americans with a negative opinion.

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The Democratic Party’s national disapproval is at 48 percent.

Joe Biden met with Pope Francis on Oct. 29 before the G20 conference

Joe Biden met with Pope Francis on Oct. 29 before the G20 conference

While in Rome, Biden also met with Pope Francis. He offered an emotional account of his relationship with the leader of the Catholic Church on Sunday during a press conference, choking up as he described how the pontiff had become a friend and offered comfort when his son died.

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‘Pope Francis has become,’ he said, pausing to collect his thoughts, ‘I don’t want to exaggerate – has become a someone who’s provided a great solace for my family when my son died.’

After a day of grand international diplomacy to tackle climate change and snarled supply chains, Biden came close to tears as he talked about meeting Francis in the days after his son’s death.

‘There were an awful lot of people who – many of you who are even in the press – who went out of your way to express your empathy and sympathy when I lost a real part of my soul,’ he said, his voice halting.

‘When I lost my Beau, my son.

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‘I … my family will never forget … my extended family, because it was only a matter of days since my son had passed away and Pope Francis came to the United States.’

Before he left the country, continued Biden, the pope asked if he could meet his family and spent more than 10 minutes talking to them about Beau in a hangar at Philadelphia airport. 

‘He knew who he was,’ said Biden, who is only the second Catholic president in U.S. history.

‘He knew where he went to school. He knew what a man he was, and it had such a cathartic impact on his children and my wife and our family that it meant a great deal.’

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The G20 represents one of Biden’s first appearances as president at a major global summit after being sworn in during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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