President Joe Biden‘s approval rating reached 44% this week, the highest it has been in over a year, according to a new Gallup poll.

In August, Biden’s signature social spending bill was finally passed into law. The $740 million Inflation Reduction Act is aimed at combatting climate change, investing in green energy programs and allowing Medicare to negotiate prices on prescription drugs for the first time. Biden also signed the CHIPS Act which will strengthen national security by lessening U.S. dependence on China for semiconductor chip manufacturing.

The economy is looking up heading into November’s midterms, which is critical for a Democratic Party that is expecting to lose seats in Congress. An indicator of this could be seen as gas prices finally fell below $4 per gallon. The Biden administration also succeeded on the international front this summer, bringing down Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who played a crucial role in planning and execution of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Political independents make up the main demographic responsible for the uptick in Biden’s approval ratings. Their approval rose from 31% in July to 40% From August 1-23.

Biden is the most highly rated for this response to the coronavirus with 58% of U.S. adults approving of how his administration has handled it.

That number jumps to 88% for those who identify as a Democrat. Fifty-eight percent of Independents approve while just 20% of Republicans approve.

The economy is Biden’s lowest area of approval with just 31% of U.S. adults happy with the results. Among Democrats, 66% approve, but among Independents and Republicans, just 26% and 5% approve, respectively.

Biden’s numbers are up, but the majority, 54% of those surveyed, still disapprove of his performance.

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