Americans frown on Biden’s handling of inflation: poll


Most Americans believe President Biden is bungling his handling of inflation, just days after he called a Fox News reporter a “dumb son of a bitch” for asking a question on the dire subject, according to a new poll published Sunday.

69 percent give Biden a thumbs-down for his response to inflation, which hit a four-decade high of 7 percent in December, the ABC News/Ipsos poll shows.

Only 29 percent approve of how he deals with it.

At a White House event last Monday, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked the President, “Do you think inflation is a political burden?”

“No, it’s a big benefit – more inflation. What a stupid son of a bitch,” Biden replied, his comments captured on a hot mic.

Poor sentiment on inflation has remained unchanged since the last survey in December.
ABC News/Ipsos

In addition to inflation, Americans give Biden low marks for his handling of the economy (56 percent disagree, 42 percent agree), gun violence (69 percent, 29 percent), crime (64 percent, 34 percent), and climate change (51 percent, 47 percent) and the crisis with Russia and Ukraine (56 percent, 41 percent).

Just 1 percent of respondents say the economy is “excellent,” while 75 percent say it’s “not that good or bad.”

While 50 percent approve of Biden’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, that’s a 19 percentage point decrease from last January when it was 69 percent.

A sticker at a gas station blaming Biden for rising gas prices.
A sticker at a gas station blaming Biden for rising gas prices.
Photo courtesy of Greg Rosalsky

And 50 percent approve of his efforts to rebuild the country’s infrastructure, but even that’s down from a peak of 62 percent in August.​

The survey surveyed 510 adults between January 28 and 29. It has an error rate of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

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