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Biden Struggles to Gain Approval for Economic Performance as He Promotes ‘Bidenomics’

by Michael Nguyen
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President Joe Biden faced a difficult task on Wednesday as he tried to convince the American public that the U.S. economy is thriving. As he prepared to deliver a speech in Chicago highlighting his economic policies, a recent poll revealed that only 34% of U.S. adults approve of his handling of the economy. This figure is even lower than his overall approval rating of 41%, according to a survey conducted by The Big Big News-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Biden’s approval ratings have remained relatively stagnant for the past year and a half, which is concerning for a president seeking reelection based on his ability to govern effectively and make a positive impact on the middle class and the nation’s economy. He wants voters to connect the new infrastructure projects, factory construction, and the rise of electric vehicles and renewable energy to the initiatives he has signed into law during the first two years of his administration.

In addition to these challenges, Biden is facing doubts from voters about his economic policies, despite his eagerness to run on his economic agenda, known as “Bidenomics.” The president’s approval within his own party is also not as strong as expected, with only 60% of Democrats approving of his handling of the economy compared to 72% approving of his overall job performance.

In contrast, during the height of the pandemic when unemployment rates soared, Republicans overwhelmingly approved of then-President Donald Trump’s economic leadership. Currently, only about 10% of Republicans approve of Biden’s overall performance or his handling of the economy, highlighting the deep polarization in modern U.S. politics.

Some voters who supported Biden in the 2020 election still have reservations about his economic record. They view him as a president dealing with partisan divisions, global competition, and the aftermath of the pandemic. While they acknowledge that Biden is doing his best given the circumstances, they also believe that the economic challenges are not solely his responsibility.

The administration is making an effort to support Biden’s speech with data-driven arguments. The Treasury Department released an analysis showing a significant increase in spending on factory-related construction since 2021, and White House economists presented a report demonstrating that inflation in the U.S. is lower compared to other industrialized nations in the Group of Seven.

Biden’s allies hope that his speech and the subsequent tour across the country by the president and his Cabinet can raise awareness of his policies and improve Democrats’ perception of the economy. They recognize that many Americans still hold negative views about the economy but point out that the economic data was even worse last November when Democrats achieved unexpected success in the midterm elections.

Biden’s aides are encouraged by data indicating that consistent messaging from multiple sources can change Americans’ opinions. Over the next three weeks, the president and his Cabinet aim to reinforce Biden’s accomplishments and contrast them with Republican proposals to reverse those initiatives, with the hope that these messages will resonate with voters in the 2024 election.


The poll, conducted from June 22 to 26, surveyed 1,220 adults and utilized a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, designed to represent the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is approximately 3.9 percentage points.


AP White House Correspondent Zeke Miller contributed to this report.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Bidenomics

What is the approval rating for President Biden’s handling of the economy?

According to a recent poll, only 34% of U.S. adults approve of President Biden’s handling of the economy.

How does President Biden’s overall approval rating compare to his economic approval rating?

President Biden’s overall approval rating stands at 41%, slightly higher than his economic approval rating of 34%.

Are Democrats satisfied with President Biden’s economic record?

While 72% of Democrats approve of President Biden’s overall job performance, only 60% approve of his handling of the economy.

How does Republican support for President Biden’s economic performance compare to that of former President Donald Trump?

Currently, only about 10% of Republicans approve of President Biden’s overall performance or his handling of the economy. In contrast, during the pandemic, Republicans overwhelmingly approved of former President Trump’s economic leadership.

How is the Biden administration addressing the concerns about the economy?

The Biden administration is emphasizing data-driven arguments to support their economic policies. They highlight increased spending on infrastructure projects and present evidence showing that U.S. inflation is lower compared to other industrialized nations.

How do voters who supported President Biden in the 2020 election perceive his economic record?

Some voters who backed President Biden in the 2020 election acknowledge his efforts to address partisan divisions and global competition. They believe he is doing his best given the circumstances but also attribute economic challenges to factors beyond his control, such as the aftermath of the pandemic.

Can consistent messaging and tours across the country change Americans’ opinions about the economy?

Biden’s aides are encouraged by data suggesting that consistent messaging from multiple sources can influence Americans’ views. The president and his Cabinet plan to reinforce Biden’s accomplishments and contrast them with Republican proposals in the hope of positively shaping voters’ perceptions for the 2024 election.

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9 comments

NewsJunkie23 June 29, 2023 - 2:49 am

It’s not surprising that Democrats are divided on Biden’s economic record. He’s got a tough job with all the partisan bickering.

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Patriot1776 June 29, 2023 - 5:45 am

Finally, people are waking up to the fact that Bidenomics is a disaster. 34% approval is generous!

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EconAnalyst June 29, 2023 - 6:49 am

The data-driven approach is a smart move by the Biden administration. They need to convince the public with solid evidence.

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EconomicGeek June 29, 2023 - 6:51 am

Wow, Biden really needs to up his game on the economy. Only 34% approval? That’s a major red flag!

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USA4Life June 29, 2023 - 7:49 am

Biden needs to get out there and sell his achievements better. Messaging matters, and the economy is too important to overlook.

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ConcernedVoter June 29, 2023 - 9:16 am

As someone who voted for Biden, I understand the challenges he’s facing. It’s not all on him, but he needs to step up and deliver on his promises.

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OpinionatedOne June 29, 2023 - 10:59 am

Biden’s best isn’t good enough. Inflation is still a big issue, and he can’t blame everything on the pandemic.

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BizBuzz June 29, 2023 - 11:51 am

Republicans still bitter about Trump losing, huh? Only 10% approval for Biden on the economy? They need to give credit where it’s due!

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PoliticalInsider June 29, 2023 - 3:33 pm

Can Biden’s messaging tour really change minds? I’m skeptical, but I guess we’ll see if repetition does the trick.

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