by Madeleine Hubbard
President Joe Biden’s approval rating with independent voters, a critical bloc ahead of the 2024 election, is at 31 percent, while 80 percent of them say things in America are going “somewhat” or “very” badly, according to a new poll.
Biden’s overall approval rating of 40 percent is largely supported by Democrats, 79 percent of whom approve of the president, according to a CBS News/YouGov survey released Sunday.
However, 60 percent of U.S. adults said they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job as president, including 69 percent of independent voters, the poll showed.
Additionally, just 20 percent of independent voters say things in America are going “somewhat” or “very” well, compared to 80 percent who said the state of the country is doing badly.
Overall, 72 percent of Americans said the country is doing badly, including 52 percent of Democrats.
The poll was conducted Sept. 5-8, with 2,335 U.S. adults and has a 2.7 percent margin of error.
Biden’s approval rating is slightly higher than it was in a CNN survey released last week, where it sat at 39 percent.
Political independents, which make up 38 percent of the U.S. public per Pew Research, play a critical role in elections, as they tend to vote for candidates on issues rather than party affiliation.
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