The honeymoon is over.
Support for Joe Biden is taking a hit according to a new poll, amid a number of crises from illegal immigration to a reemergence of coronavirus and accompanying restrictions.
The Harvard Harris Poll, which will be released in full this week, shows the president’s approval rating at 52 percent, down 10 points from the same poll in June, and 43 percent of respondents disapprove of Biden.
The poll showed that COVID-19 has once again replaced the economy as the issue most important to voters, after two weeks of confused messaging from the White House and the CDC in reaction to a surge in Delta variant cases.
The Biden administration has also faced challenges at the US-Mexico border where record numbers of illegal immigrants are crossing, fears surrounding growing inflation, and spikes in violent crime in the nation’s biggest cities.
Those headwinds are showing up in the numbers, as Mark Penn, the co-director of the poll put it plainly, “the honeymoon…is officially over.”
“Overall the country has come down from its mood highs as the Delta variant is putting a crimp in America’s plan to party now and go back to work after Labor Day,” Penn said, according to The Hill.
According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls, Biden began his presidency with a 55.5 percent approval rating, but today that number stands at 51.6 percent,
As to the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, which has only members selected by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 58 percent of those asked in the Harvard Harris Poll said the investigation was biased, while only 42 percent said that it was fair.
This is in line with several recent polls that showed support for the investigation is declining sharply.
Morning Consult showed 66 percent of voters were in favor of the effort in June, but that number has slipped to to just 53 percent after the committee’s initial hearing.
The July 27th hearing featured emotional and harrowing testimony from police officers who responded to the breach of the Capitol.
The charge that the committee is biased stems from the fact that Pelosi rejected two of the five members proposed by GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. After those choices, Rep. Jim Banks and Rep. Jim Jordan, were denied, the leader withdrew all of his selections.
Ultimately, Republican leadership played no role in the selection of the two GOP members of the committee, Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Rep. Liz Cheney — both of whom vocal critics of former President Donald Trump.