Biden’s approval rating nears all-time low amid document drama

President Biden’s approval rating has plummeted amid questions that he may have mishandled classified government documents dating from his time as vice president, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

A Reuters-Ipsos poll found that 40% of Americans approve of Biden’s job performance, a sharp drop from the 44.1% who approved of his performance in the same poll conducted earlier this month.

The 40% approval rating is close to Biden’s lowest, which was 36% in May and June.

Senior White House deputy spokeswoman Olivia Dalton shrugged at the polling numbers.

“There are other polls that show support for the president continues to grow,” he told reporters on Air Force One.

The three-day survey concluded on Sunday, a day after the White House announced that two more batches of classified documents had been discovered at Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware.

Republicans in Congress criticized the president after the White House announced this month that Biden’s personal lawyers found classified documents at his residence and in a former District of Columbia office he used after finishing his term as vice president.

They accused Biden’s team of withholding information from the public and claimed there were double standards because the Justice Department was already investigating former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago residence.

The White House insists it is limited in what it can say about the documents because of the Justice Department investigation. Earlier this month, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed special counsel to investigate the matter.

The Reuters-Ipsos poll was conducted from January 13 to 15, interviewing 1,035 respondents. The margin of error in the poll is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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