White House Press Secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden intends to sign short-term bills that raise debt ceiling Trump advises 4 former aides to ignore lawsuits from Jan. 6 panel: White House report calls compromise debt ceiling ‘positive step forward’ MORE Friday attributed a number of hard poll results to President BidenJoe BidenArkansas lawmakers move bill banning companies from demanding workers’ vaccine status Senate approves short-term debt ceiling increase On The Money-Presented by NRHC Senate slowly recedes from debt disaster MORE to the country’s inability to fully overcome the coronavirus pandemic.
“I would say it’s a really tough time in our country,” Psaki said when asked about the series of polls showing that Biden’s approval is declining, especially among independent voters.
“We are still struggling with COVID and many people thought we would make it, including us,” she continued. “And because of the increase in the delta variant, due to the fact that even though it was a vaccine approved under a Republican administration, even though we now have full FDA approval, and even though it is widely available throughout the country, we have still… 20 percent of the country that has decided not to be vaccinated.
“No doubt it has an impact. And of course, as the president has said, the money stops with him,” Psaki said. “This is by far the biggest problem in the minds of the American people, and it affects many issues.”
A RealClearPolitics average of polls puts Biden’s approval rating at 43 percent, down from 51 percent in early August.
Psaki justified that the persistent threat of the virus has had a ripple effect on the economy, the labor market and supply chains, which has further dampened the prospects of Americans.
She said the White House is focused on the big picture of getting life back to something similar to the pre-pandemic normal as opposed to every single poll result.
A survey from Quinnipiac University published this week showed that 38 percent of respondents approve of Biden’s job performance, while 53 percent reject. The study found that 60 percent of independents rejected Biden’s performance.
This poll followed an Associated Press survey last week that put Biden’s overall approval rating at 50 percent, down from 54 percent in August.
A Gallup poll released last week found that Biden’s approval rating among independents had dropped to 37 percent and dropped 24 points below his 61 percent approval rating at the beginning of his administration. The Gallup poll found that 43 percent of respondents approved Biden’s job performance.