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What is President Joe Biden’s approval rating for the economy?

Utahns rate President Joe Biden’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as so-so, his overall performance as president not so good and his handling of the economy even worse, a new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll found.

Although Biden did slightly better in the most recent poll, only 39% of Beehive State residents approve of his White House work and 58% disagree, 45% of whom strongly disagree.

According to the poll, nearly 9 in 10 Democrats approve of the president’s performance, while three-quarters of Republicans disapprove.

Dan Jones & Associates conducted the poll of 815 registered voters in Utah September 3-21. It has an error rate of plus or minus 3.43 percentage points.

Nationally, the president’s approval rating is only slightly higher than in Utah.

As of Friday, Biden had a 42.7% approval rating and 52.7% disapproval, according to the FiveThirtyEight poll average nationwide.

The Utah president’s rating has hovered in the low- to mid-30s since it fell to 29% in February after a difficult first year in office marked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, record-high inflation and sharp political divisions was.

That hasn’t changed, but Biden has had some gains in recent months, culminating with the Inflation Reduction Act, which aims to address taxes, healthcare spending and climate change.

Although this law is not popular in Utah — the state’s all-Republican congressional delegation voted against it — the legislation gives Democrats something to carry forward in the fast-approaching midterm election.

But with a slew of bad money news this past week — gasoline prices have risen after months of decline, groceries aren’t getting cheaper as inflation lingers, house prices are falling and the stock market has had one of its worst weeks of the year — Biden continues to bear the brunt of the blame.

The Utahns gave him bad marks for his handling of the economy. The poll found that 36% of respondents approved of his job performance in this area and 61% disapproved, with 51% strongly disapproving.

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A July Deseret News/Hinckley Institute poll found that the economy is the most important factor in determining their voting behavior in presidential and congressional elections. Mountain West states, including Utah, recorded the highest regional inflation in the country at 9.6% in August.

With 28% approval, Utahns earning between $75,000 and $100,000 per year gave Biden the lowest rating when broken down by income. Those earning between $25,000 and $50,000 annually trailed just behind at 29%.

But 47% of residents who earn between $100,000 and $150,000 approve of the president’s handling of the economy, the poll shows. And more than half of people in that income bracket agree with his work in Washington overall.

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Utahns rated the president for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which he declared over during a “60 Minutes” interview at Sunday’s televised Detroit Auto Show.

“The pandemic is over. We still have an issue with COVID. We’re still working a lot on it, but the pandemic is over,” Biden said. “When you notice that nobody is wearing masks. Everyone seems to be in pretty good shape. So I think it’s changing, and I think this is a perfect example of that.”

While the remark came during the poll being conducted, it’s unclear if it had any impact on respondents’ responses.

The poll found that 47% of Utahns approve of Biden’s response to the coronavirus, while 50% disapprove.

Following the president’s controversial remarks, senior officials in the Biden administration stressed that COVID-19 remains a threat, and health experts said it will not go away.

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