Politics How Americans think Joe Biden has done on their most important priorities after one year
Analysis: Joe Biden and Democrats run up against relentless conservative power
Democrats control Washington but President Joe Biden is staring at a wall of conservative power, accrued over years and wielded with a ruthlessness and zeal for rule-breaking that his own party has rarely matched. © Jose Luis Magana/AP President Joe Biden speaks to the media after meeting privately with Senate Democrats, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) The President's struggles to implement his strategy to protect US democracy and reshape the economy to help working Americans are hampered by divisions in his own party.
entered office promising to end the Covid-19 pandemic, boost a lagging economy, get Americans back to work, restore US credibility abroad and heal a divided nation.
After one year, the reviews from the American people in public polling on those topics, in many cases, have not been kind.
Biden won't face the voters again until 2024, the ultimate judgment on what the American people think of the job he's done in office. But to get a benchmark on how Americans are feeling on the issues closest to them, CNN analyzed recent polling in subject areas that were the most important to Americans in January 2021, when Biden took office.
Biden team regroups after court loss on COVID shots-or-test
WASHINGTON (AP) — Concerned but not giving up, President Joe Biden is anxiously pushing ahead to prod people to get COVID-19 shots after the Supreme Court put a halt to the administration's sweeping vaccinate-or-test plan for large employers. At a time when hospitals are being overrun and record numbers of people are getting infected with the omicron variant, the administration hopes states and companies will order their own vaccinate-or-test requirements. And if the presidential “bully pulpit” still counts for persuasion, Biden intends to use it.
The President has faced a variety of unique, and . He's also claimed victories, including a , ramped up Covid-19 vaccinations and the of two major .
But while the administration has boasted of all they've done to improve the country over the last year, public perception hasn't followed suit.
Just 41% of Americans approve of the way Biden's handling his job while 54% disapprove,.
On Wednesday, Biden acknowledged the need to reach out to Americans ahead of the midterm elections in November, vowing to spend year two speaking with the public and making the case for "what we've already done, why it's important, and ... what will happen if they support what else I want to do."
A year into his presidency, Biden is polling at an all-time low
As the year progressed, Biden’s failure to turn his words into action led to cracks in his coalition — which are now turning into gaping holes. Currently, the president's overall approval rating is at an all-time low overall (33 percent), and on key issues, including the economy (34 percent), foreign policy (35 percent), and the coronavirus pandemic (39 percent), according to a recent Quinnipiac poll.
Jobs and the economy
In his first year in office, Biden took a number of steps intended to bolster the economy and create jobs, including the signing of the American Rescue Plan and the bipartisan infrastructure law.
But as the pandemic has dragged on into its third calendar year, the President has faced challenges trying to ameliorate supply chain issues and inflation, labor shortages and volatile stocks have affected American consumers.
A December 2021 CNN/SSRS pollBiden comes into his second year with a 44% approval rating to 55% disapproval rating among registered voters on his economic performance. This makes for a -9 point net approval rating. The average of all polls taken in December is quite similar with Biden at -13 points on the economy.
The average president at that point in the last 44 years (since we have been polling on the topic) had a net economic approval rating of +5 points. That means Biden's is 18 points worse than the average.
Biden hits one-year mark in dire straits
President Biden will face reporters for his first news conference of the year on Wednesday with serious questions about his agenda and the health of his presidency as he nears the first anniversary of taking office.Biden has been unable to move members of his own party to back his most ambitious goals, with Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) stiff-arming the president in ways that left the White House looking ineffectual. Biden's climate and social policy package, the top priority of the White House and Democrats in Congress, appears doomed - unless parts of it can be broken up and salvaged.
Video: Former WH Covid Adviser defends testing shortage (CNN)
In a, most who received either stimulus payments or who received the expanded child tax credit that began last summer said those payments helped
found 54% said they disapproved of the job Biden was doing helping the middle class.
The pandemic's public health and economic challengesBiden's first-year agenda.
The Biden administration undertook a number of major efforts to address Covid-19, such as ramping up vaccine manufacturing and distribution, purchasing and deploying vaccines abroad and purchasing major quantities of anti-viral treatments.
But there have also been missteps.
In recent months, for example, the Biden administration has taken heat for Covid-19 testing shortages that occurred when the Omicron variant led to a new wave in cases this winter. At the end of December, Bidenthat not enough had been done to expand testing capacity. And now, as the wave appears to be on the cusp of subsiding, new efforts to distribute masks nationwide and half a billion rapid tests via mail are just rolling out.
Opinion: Biden doesn't see his presidency as a failing enterprise
In his news conference marking his first year in office, President Joe Biden emphasized that despite his sinking approval numbers, rising inflation, the ongoing spread of Covid-19 and the bleak scenario for Democrats ahead of the midterm elections, this year has been of "enormous progress" -- and that may have caught some by surprise, writes Frida Ghitis"It's been a year of challenges," he declared at the outset, "but also been a year of enormous progress.
Ain December 60% of adults feel worn out by the changes they've had to make in their daily lives due to Covid-19, and that the share who feel Biden is doing a good job of dealing with the coronavirus has dropped to 46%, below 50% for the first time in Monmouth's polling. Biden's ratings for handling Covid-19 have generally been better than his overall approval rating.
Diplomacy and foreign policy
Biden entered office declaring that America was returning to the world stage by reentering global agreements, like the Paris Climate Accords, and reestablishing close ties with American allied nations.
But there were challenges, including the messy US withdrawal from Afghanistan, tensions with Russia and China, as well as and awith France over nuclear submarines.
According to, 62% of adults disapproved of the way Biden is handling Afghanistan. On those tensions with Russia and China, Biden receives slightly better marks but is still under water -- 55% disapprove of his handling of issues with Russia and 59% disapprove of his handling of issues with China.
Andfound that in each of the 16 foreign nations they polled, more than 6 in 10 expressed confidence in Biden to do the right thing in world affairs. Twelve nations surveyed by Pew in both 2020 and 2021 showed a median of 75% expressing confidence in Biden, compared to 17% for then-President Donald Trump in 2020.
How Many Days Has Joe Biden Spent Away From The White House During His First Year?
Joe Biden has become the president who's spent the most time on personal travel on their freshman year in office.As a result, a significant portion of President Biden's opening year in the Oval Office has been spent far from it.
The President came into office calling for national unity, following the violent insurrection at the US Capitol by pro-Trump rioters attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Biden also spent his first year expressing the importance of compromise, using his infrastructure law as a prime example for how Republicans and Democrats can achieve major feats when they work together.
But a Pew Research Center analysis from November found thatamong Americans remains dominant, and that Republicans and Democrats agree on very little. And even within their own parties, they face sharp divisions.
The Associated Press-NORC poll released Thursday showed only 16% of US adults felt the country was much more or somewhat more united, as compared to 43% who said much more or somewhat more divided. Forty-two percent of those polled said things were neither more united or divided under Biden.
Views on Biden are also sharply divided along party lines. Earlier this week,found that political party polarization in its presidential approval ratings is at its highest for any first-year president.
D.C. Is a Donut. There Is No Center in Washington Politics .
“Blame the left” is Washington’s latest craze. It would not be surprising if it were just coming from the GOP. But scapegoating progressives is now an increasingly popular sport among Washington-based pundits—and even some Democratic Party strategists—trying to identify who or what to blame for President Joe Biden’s low poll numbers and the myriad struggles of his first year in office. Unfortunately, these analyses are based on several fallacies. First, Biden’s poll numbers after one year in office, while undoubtedly sagging, are still substantially ahead of Donald Trump’s.