Joe Biden facing ‘a real threat’ as President humiliated in two new polls – trust plummets
Trump says Biden has done a 'terrible job' with vaccines
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Navigating the coronavirus pandemic has been President Biden’s biggest challenge since he was sworn into office nearly a year ago. While it seemed, at one point, he had overcome the worst of the crisis, the Omicron variant may prove otherwise.
One new poll has shown only 48 percent of Americans trust Mr Biden to navigate the nation through the trouble.
In May and June, only 34 percent of respondents of a Fox News poll disapproved of Mr Biden’s handling of the pandemic, while 64 percent approved.
However, ratings have plunged, with the most recent poll showing a more narrow divide of 49 percent of respondents disapproving of the President’s approach in dealing with the coronavirus and 48 percent approving.
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Commenting on the results, Clifford Young of polling company Ipsos told Fox News on Tuesday: “He won the election on Covid, surfed the Covid wave for the first part of the year and was hurt by the Delta variant.
“The new Omicron variant is a real threat to Biden’s standing with the public.
“Omicron could further weaken the president heading into the midterms.”
He added: “America has become more optimistic with anticipation of an end to Covid.
“And any check on this trend will negatively impact confidence overall and in Biden more specifically.”
Mr Biden on Monday said the new coronavirus variant was a “cause for concern, not a cause for panic”.
On Tuesday, he announced he would outline how the nation would protect itself from Omicron.
The same day, on December 1, the US recorded its first Omicron case in a fully vaccinated traveller who had arrived in California from South Africa on November 22.
Mr Biden specified they would fight the variant “not with shutdowns or lockdowns but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more”.
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The hurdles posed by Omicron follow pushbacks in federal courts on Mr Biden’s vaccination strategy.
His administration’s requirement for companies with more than 100 employees to enforce the vaccine, which would apply to over 80 million workers, has been held up.
Federal judges blocked two other mandates, and a third one was challenged in at least 17 lawsuits.
A second analysis, conducted from October 26 to November 8 by Harvard Youth Poll, found only 46 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 approve of Mr Biden’s job as president – a 13 percent fall from results in spring.
Overall, despite the President’s declining approval rate, 78 percent of the 2,109 young people that were surveyed said they are still satisfied with their vote for Mr Biden in 2020.
From early next week, international travellers will have to take a PCR or antigen test up to 24 hours before their departure. The timeframe for the test has gone down from 72 hours.
The rule is to apply to all travellers, regardless of their vaccination status, nationality or country of origin.
The Biden administration is reportedly also considering imposing a seven-day quarantine for all travellers, including Americans, who arrive in the US – regardless of their test result.
Mr Biden is set to confirm the new set of rules to halt the spread of the virus on Thursday.
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