Call Joe Biden the “paradox president,” because a new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs poll revealed Friday how “A majority of Americans say they don’t blame President Joe Biden for high gasoline prices, but they’re giving his economic leadership low marks amid fears of inflation and deep pessimism about economic conditions.”
Biden critics say it was his cancellation of the Keystone pipeline project on his first day in office, coupled with his overall energy policies which have led the nation to record-breaking fuel prices. The cost of gas and diesel subsequently has caused inflation across the board, with rising prices for groceries and other goods and services. Housing is also more expensive.
According to the Associated Press, nearly 7 in 10 Americans think the economy is “in bad shape.” Another revelation in the survey: “Overall, 65% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of the nation’s economy, including 96% of Republicans and 36% of Democrats. The overall share saying they disapprove is up from 57% in December of 2021 and from 47% last July.”
Add to that, 68 percent of Americans are “very concerned” about fuel costs, and 59 percent “expressed the same degree of worry about rising grocery prices,” the Associated Press reported.
Surprisingly, however, the AP says Americans are “more likely to say that higher than usual gas prices are more because of factors outside of Biden’s control than because of Biden’s policies, 55% to 44%.” On the other hand, twice as many Americans (48-24%) believe Biden’s policies are hurting the economy more than helping it, while 28 percent told the survey his policies “haven’t made much difference.”
By no surprise, Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday showed 23 percent of likely voters who “strongly approve” of Biden’s job performance, while 47 percent “strongly disapprove.”
While Biden loyalists have asserted inflation, and gasoline prices, have spiked because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but the AP report acknowledged, “Gas prices were high before Putin began amassing forces at the Ukrainian border, but they’ve risen since the start of the war without producing a slew of additional oil to come onto the market.”
When Donald Trump left office, say Biden critics, the United States was “energy independent.” But shutting down the pipeline project and actions relating to oil exploration on federal lands have changed that, and Biden gets low marks for asking Middle East oil producers to pump more oil.
Biden has also been under fire on the gun rights issue, both from the firearms community and from some in the gun prohibition movement who say he has not done enough to erode Second Amendment rights. The Delaware Democrat could be in for a bruising on guns, with one pending Supreme Court ruling in a challenge of restrictive carry permit regulations in New York, and requests for review of cases regarding magazine capacity (California) and whether the Second Amendment protects semi-automatic sport-utility rifles (Maryland).
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