Nearly half of Americans say the economy is getting worse, more than ever before under Biden

September 30, 2021, 3:40 PM UTC

By three to one, Americans say the economy is getting worse. Nearly one half (46%) of Americans say the economy is getting worse, the highest percentage so far in President Joe Biden’s presidency. Only 15% say the economy is improving, according to the latest Economist/YouGov Poll.

The president also faced doubts about his handling of immigration, as his government has deported to Haiti some Haitians seeking asylum. This week, just 27% approve of how Biden is handling immigration, while 59% disapprove. A month ago, 34% approved while 51% disapproved. 

Biden’s challenges on the economy and immigration have contributed to the drop in his overall approval rating, back to its lowest level ever. It was initially reached a month ago, after the chaotic withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. 

Biden’s approval rating had bounced back in the last few weeks, but now it has fallen again. Only 40% of Americans this week approve of how Biden is handling his job, and 49% disapprove.

See the toplines and crosstabs from this Economist/YouGov poll

Methodology: The Economist survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,500 U.S. adult citizens interviewed online between September 26 - 28, 2021. This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as 2016 and 2020 Presidential vote, registration status, geographic region, and news interest. Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel to be representative of all U.S. citizens. The margin of error is approximately 2.7% for the overall sample. 

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