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The majority of Americans see Biden as a 'weak' leader

Mediafeed logo Mediafeed 7/5/2022 Kaitlyn Farley
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Editor's Note: Updated for June 2022

Most Americans believe that President Joe Biden is a “very weak” leader, according to a recent online survey by The Economist and YouGov.

For the May 2022 survey, Americans were asked, “Would you say Joe Biden is a strong or a weak leader?” According to Statista, 41% of respondents said they thought he was “very weak.” The next most popular answer was “somewhat strong,” with 26% of respondents choosing that option. 

Here’s how all surveyed Americans ranked Biden’s leadership: 

  • Very weak: 41%
  • Somewhat weak: 20%
  • Somewhat strong: 26%
  • Very strong: 13%

Biden’s approval rating was 41% in May 2022, down from 54% in May 2021. In a recent Gallup poll, Generation Z (born 1997 to 2004) was found to have the highest drop in approval ratings. Just 39% of Generation Z approved of Biden, a drop of 21 percentage points since the first half of 2021, according to Statista. 

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Biden has made many headline-grabbing decisions. In late March, Biden announced an extension of the student loan pause, from May 1 to the end of August, a move that saw criticism from both sides of the aisle. Many critics argued that the move fell short from Biden’s promise to help eliminate America’s hefty student loan balance. 

While the pause may help those with student loans get some short-term financial relief, increasing inflation has weighed heavy on many Americans’ budgets. The average American has been squeezed by increasing inflation rates, with 89% of Americans reporting that their bills have increased because of inflation

More recently, on April 26, Biden’s SECURE ACT 2.0 passed a House vote. This retirement bill, which is now on its way to the Senate, would give part-time employees 401(k) benefits and raise the minimum distribution age, which Biden said would help Americans save longer.

That same day, Biden released his first clemency list, which commuted the sentences of 75 nonviolent drug offenders and pardoned three others. Biden stated that the list was the most of many actions his staff would take to provide additional support for those reentering society after incarceration.


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