President Joe Biden attended Sunday Mass with his grandchildren Finnegan and Natalie Biden at St. Joseph at Brandywine Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware, as his approval ratings saw a nosedive to 38 percent.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki put at least some of the blame on Biden’s plummeting approval ratings on the pandemic and the 20 percent of unvaccinated Americans.
Psaki’s finger-pointing came when 53 percent of voters said they disapproved of Biden’s handling of the presidency, according to a Quinnipiac University poll on Friday.
“So what do you think of these really terrible polls? Are they that he is doing something wrong. Is it just the communication? Or is he doing unpopular things that just need to be done?’ a reporter asked at the press conference.
President Joe Biden was seen Sunday with his grandchildren Finnegan and Natalie Biden, as they attended Mass at St. Joseph at Brandywine Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware
Biden was seen in public after a Friday poll showed his approval ratings had fallen to 38 percent
Just over half of voters said they disapprove of Biden’s handling of the presidency, according to a Quinnipiac University poll on Friday.
Biden and his grandchildren walked through Saint Joseph’s cemetery on Sunday morning
Psaki replied, “Well, look, I’d say this is a really tough time in our country. We are still fighting Covid and a lot of people thought we would get through it – including us.
“Because of the emergence of the Delta variant, due to the fact that although it was a vaccine that was approved under a Republican administration, although we now have full FDA approval and although it is widely available nationwide, we still have a A quarter of the country – less than that, 20 percent of the country – has decided not to get vaccinated.
“There’s no doubt that it has an impact,” Psaki said, adding that, “as the president has said, the buck stops with him” before opting out.
Three weeks ago, the same poll found that 42 percent approved and 50 percent disapproved.
in the latest poll, 32 percent of the Independents approve of Biden, while 60 percent disapprove. Four percent of Republicans approve – 94 percent disapprove. Yet 80 percent of Democrats generally approve of the president’s office and 10 percent disapprove of it.
Biden got his lowest marks for immigration, where only 25 percent approved and 67 percent disapproved, and also got low marks for his “first love,” foreign policy, where only 34 percent approved and 58 percent disapproved.
Of his job as commander in chief, 37 percent approved, 58 percent disapproved, according to the poll.
About three in ten Americans (28 percent) agreed with Biden’s decision to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan, while 50 percent believe the US should have withdrawn some but not all troops, and 15 percent believe that the US should not have withdrawn troops from Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Congress remains deadlocked over the sweeping spending plans that will define his presidency and the threat of default looming.
At the same time, Biden received the worst jobs report of his presidency. Earlier today, he urged Americans to look at the bigger picture, pushing his infrastructure bill and a trillion-dollar package of social programs.
“If you look at the trend itself, an average of 600,000 new jobs have been created each month since I took office,” Biden said.
‘In total, almost 5 million jobs were created in the first eight months of my administration. That’s progress now,” he added.
But only 194,000 jobs were added to the payroll in September, far short of the 500,000 expected and one of the most bleak outlooks from a full-year US jobs report.
Monthly job growth so far in 2021 has averaged 561,000. Supply chain bottlenecks and Covid-19 contributed to the unimpressive numbers.
But Biden claimed the country is making “consistent steady progress.”
“If you take a step back, see what happens, we’re really making progress. Maybe it doesn’t seem fast enough – I’d like to see it faster,” he said, adding that “we are making steady steady progress.”
He also argued that falling unemployment meant the country was making progress as it struggled with its economic recovery from the Covid pandemic.
“The unemployment rate is down 4.8 percent, a significant improvement since I took office and a sign that our recovery is continuing,” he said.
He did not respond to questions from reporters after making his comments.