A newly released poll found Joe Biden’s approval rating rising slightly but not enough to put him in the good graces of a majority of Americans, while Democrats are gaining ground with independent voters ahead of November’s midterm elections.
US President Joe Biden during the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner
The survey, commissioned by ABC News and The Washington Post, surveyed 1,004 Americans from 24 to 28 April, found 42 percent of respondents – now approve of Mr Biden’s job performance — a five-point jump from two months ago — with 90 per cent expressing concerns about inflation rates that have reached four-decade highs in recent months.
Forty-four per cent of respondents said they were “upset” about inflation, with six in 10 Republicans expressing such an opinion when asked to weigh in. Only 38 per cent of voters said they approve of Mr Biden’s handling of the economy, a number just one point higher than the 37 percent who said they approved of his performance two months ago.
Mr Biden’s strongest approval numbers came when respondents were asked about his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, with 51 per cent saying they approved of how he’s handled the matter.
Yet when it comes to his handling of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, voters aren’t giving him the credit administration officials say he deserves for bringing together America’s Nato and EU allies in a united front against Moscow. Just 42 per cent of respondents — a number equal to those who approve of his performance generally — said they approve of his handling of the Russia-Ukraine matter, with 47 percent disapproving.
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- Explosions Rock Kyiv Again As Russians Rain Fire On Ukraine Russia pounded targets from practically one end of Ukraine to the other Thursday, including Kyiv, bombarding the city while the head of the United Nations was visiting in the boldest attack on the capital since Moscow’s forces retreated weeks ago.Several people were wounded in the attack on Kyiv, including one who lost a leg and others who were trapped in the rubble when two buildings were hit, rescue officials said.The bombardment came barely an hour after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a news conference with U.N. Secretary-General Antnio Guterres, who said Ukraine has become “an epicenter of unbearable heartache and pain.” A spokesperson said Guterres and his team were safe.Meanwhile, explosions were reported across the country, in Polonne in the west, Chernihiv near the border with Belarus, and Fastiv, a large railway hub southwest of the capital. The mayor of Odesa, in southern Ukraine, said rockets were intercepted by air defenses.Ukrainian authorities also reported intense Russian fire in the Donbas the eastern industrial heartland that the Kremlin says is its main objective and near Kharkiv, a northeastern city outside the Donbas that is seen as key to the offensive.In the ruined southern port city of Mariupol, Ukrainian fighters holed up in the steel plant that represents the last pocket of resistance said concentrated bombing overnight killed and wounded more people. And authorities warned that a lack of safe drinking water inside the city could lead to outbreaks of deadly diseases such as cholera and dysentery.In Zaporizhzhia, a crucial way station for tens of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing Mariupol, an 11-year-old boy was among at least three people wounded in a rocket attack that authorities said was the first to hit a residential area in the southern city since the war began. Shards of glass cut the boy’s leg to the bone.Vadym Vodostoyev, the boy’s father, said: “It just takes one second and you’re left with nothing.”The fresh attacks came as Guterres surveyed the destruction in small towns outside the capital that saw some of the worst horrors of the first onslaught of the war. He condemned the atrocities committed in towns like Bucha, where evidence of mass killings of civilians was found after Russia withdrew in early April in the face of unexpectedly stiff resistance.”Wherever there is a war, the highest price is paid by civilians,” the U.N. chief lamented.Separately, Ukraine’s prosecutor accused 10 Russian soldiers of being “involved in the torture of peaceful people” in Bucha. Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova did not say her office had filed criminal charges, and she appealed to the public for help in gathering evidence. Russia denies it targets civilians.During his nightly video address, Zelenskyy renewed his pledge to hold Russian soldiers accountable for crimes they commit and said about the 10 identified earlier Thursday: “Some of them may not, after all, live until a trial and fair punishment. But only for one reason: This Russian brigade has been transferred to the Kharkiv region. There they’ll receive retribution from our military.”In the attack on Kyiv, explosions shook the city and flames poured out of windows in at least two buildings including one residential one in the capital, which has been relatively unscathed in recent weeks. Mayor Vitali Klitschko said at least three people were hospitalized after the strike, and plumes of smoke could be seen over the city.The explosions in northwestern Kyiv’s Shevchenkivsky district came as residents have been increasingly returning to the city. Cafes and other businesses have reopened, and a growing numbers of people have been out and about, enjoying the spring weather.It was not immediately clear how far away the attack was from Guterres.Getting a full picture of the unfolding battle in the east has been difficult because airstrikes and artillery barrages have made it extremely dangerous for reporters to move around. Several journalists have been killed in the war, now in its third month.Also, both Ukraine and the Moscow-backed rebels fighting in the east have introduced tight restrictions on reporting from the combat zone.Western officials say the Kremlin’s apparent goal is to take the Donbas by encircling and crushing Ukrainian forces from the north, south and east.But so far, Russia’s troops and their allied separatist forces appear to have made only minor gains, taking several small towns as they try to advance in relatively small groups against staunch Ukrainian resistance.Russian military units were mauled in the abortive bid to storm Kyiv and had to regroup and refit. Some analysts say the delay in launching a full-fledged offensive may reflect a decision by Russian President Vladimir Putin to wait until his forces are ready for a decisive battle, instead of rushing in and risking another failure that could shake his rule The Independent
- Amazon Stock Dives After Reporting Nearly $4 Billion Loss Amazon Stock Dives After , Reporting Nearly $4 Billion Loss.CNN reports that on April 28, Amazon reported a net loss of $3.8 billion in the second quarter of 2022.During the same period last year, the company reported an $8.1 billion profit.Analysts surveyed by Refinitiv had predicted a $4.4 billion profit this year, which was apparently way off. .CNN reports that Amazon attributes most of the decrease in revenue to a $7.6 billion loss it sustained from investing in Rivian.CNN reports that Amazon attributes most of the decrease in revenue to a $7.6 billion loss it sustained from investing in Rivian.CNN reports Amazon shares plunged about 10% in after-hours trading following news of the loss.They started to slightly recover shortly afterward.Andy Jassy, Amazon’s CEO, issued a statement.The pandemic and subsequent war in Ukraine have brought unusual growth and challenges, Andy Jassy, Amazon CEO, via statement, as reported by CNN.Andrew Lipsman, Insider Intelligence principal analyst, said “Amazon will need to find a way to recharge growth in its commerce business in the coming quarters.”.Don’t be surprised if Amazon hosts a second Prime Day this year in October to generate incremental revenues, Andrew Lipsman, Insider Intelligence principal analyst, via statement, as reported by ‘Barron’s’ The Independent
The survey results did contain some good news for Democrats, however.
Among registered voters, Democrats share of respondents who said they’d vote for their candidates in November’s midterm elections rose to a bare majority of 51 per cent, while just 45 percent said they’d vote for a Republican in November.
But Republiucan’s control of state legislatures has given them the ability to draw congressional district maps which heavily favour their party — essentially allowing politicians to choose their voters rather than the other way around — and Democrats would most likely need a far larger share of the national popular vote for the party to retain control of the House next year.
Yet trends appear to be favourable to Democrats, with the percentage of poll respondents who say they’ll vote for Republicans in November falling from a seven-point advantage two months ago, to a one-point advantage for Democrats.
The GOP losses have been driven largely by shifts by independent-leaning voters away from the party. While independents disapprove of Mr Biden’s job performance by a 21-point margin, they are evenly split, 42 per cent to 42 per cent, on whether they’ll vote for Republicans or Democrats this fall.
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