WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s approval ratings have risen slightly a week before the U.S. midterm elections, as his Democratic Party is set to lose control of the House of Representatives, according to a poll by Reuters/Ipsos opinion produced on Tuesday. .
The two-day national poll found that 40% of Americans approve of Biden’s professional performance, a percentage point higher than a week earlier.
Despite the increase, Biden’s approval rating remains near the lowest levels of his presidency, and his unpopularity is helping to raise hopes that Republicans will take control of the House and possibly the Senate as well on Nov. 8.
Single-chamber control of Congress would give Republicans the power to stop Biden’s legislative agenda.
Taking office in January 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden’s tenure has been marked by the economic scars of the global health crisis, including soaring inflation. This year, his popularity rating dropped to 36% in May and June.
In this week’s Reuters/Ipsos poll, around a third of respondents named the economy the country’s biggest problem, a far larger share than the share in 10 who chose crime or the end of national law to abortion following the Supreme Court ruling in June.
The poll, conducted online in English across the United States, collected responses from 1,004 adults, including 455 Democrats and 355 Republicans. It has a credibility interval – a measure of precision – of 4 percentage points in either direction.
Reporting by Jason Lange; edited by Jonathan Oatis
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