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President Biden’s job approval rating hits lowest point of presidency 

President Joe Biden’s second year in office is underway, but his approval ratings have hit a new low as just 40 percent of Americans say they approve of the job he is doing, according to a new NBC News survey.

The three percent drop in approval since January marks the lowest rating Biden has seen in his presidency, and it follows the majority of Americans belief that the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction.

According to the poll, a total of 71 percent of respondents said they believe the country is “off on the wrong track.” That number represents just one percentage point less than the portion of respondents who noted that same answer in the identical poll taken in mid-January.

The newest data for the president comes as he heads up the Western coalition supporting Ukraine’s resistance to its invasion by Russia, and Americans are dealing with inflation at a level not seen since the 1980s. The U.S. is also heading into its third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, even though many restrictions are now being lifted.

“What this poll says is that President Biden and Democrats are headed for a catastrophic election,” commented Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinions Strategy, who, alongside Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates, conducted the survey.

The poll questioned 1,000 adults, 790 of whom were registered to vote, over a four day period last week.

The president has seen his approval rating fall significantly ever since he took office in January 2021 following his victory over then-President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election. As Trump has hinted strongly that he could seek the Republican presidential nomination once again in 2024, Biden said on Thursday that he would be “very fortunate” to face Trump as an opponent in the next election. 

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: CNBC

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