US President Joe Biden (Anadolu photo)

WASHINGTON – Fewer than two in five Americans approve of the way President Joe Biden is carrying out his job amid persistent concerns about the state of the US economy, according to a poll released on Monday.

Biden's job approval rating has hit 38 percent, with 62 percent disapproving of his performance, according to the CNN survey. Nearly 70 percent of respondents say Biden has not paid enough attention to the most pressing problems facing the nation while just 30 percent approve of his handling of the economy, and a mere 25 percent support his efforts to combat inflation.

According to data released last week, US annual inflation hit 9.1 percent in June, surpassing expectations. It is now expected that the Federal Reserve will take stronger tightening steps in its July and September meetings, raising interest rates by 100 and 75 basis points, respectively.

Three-quarters of those polled said inflation and the cost of living are the most important issues facing their family. Just 31 percent think the president has the right priorities, a significant decline from the 53 percent who said so in April 2021.

The dire figures come as Biden and his fellow Democrats prepare for November's midterm elections, with one-third of the Senate and all seats in the House of Representatives to be contested.

Biden's standing among his own party continues to decline, down 13 points from April alone amid historic inflation figures. Just 73 percent of Democrats approve of his job performance.

Key Democratic constituencies continue to slip away from the president, with just 45 percent of people of color supporting Biden's job. That includes a jarring nine-point decline among Latino adults, and a six-point dip with Black Americans. (Anadolu)