Photo: AP Video
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Updated: January 17, 2022 03:19 PM
Created: January 17, 2022 02:25 PM
President Joe Biden took office at a particularly polarized time in American history, so it's not surprising that citizens are divided on his performance at the one-year mark. A Georgia teacher who voted for Biden would give him a “C” grade, faulting the president for not pushing earlier to end the filibuster in the Senate.
A retired nurse in Iowa who preferred another Democratic candidate says Biden has upheld the dignity of the office.
And a registered independent in Arizona who voted for Donald Trump says Biden's performance has been “pretty bad,” citing the shutdown of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal.
Craig Prichard, 65, of Des Moines, Iowa, who voted for Donald Trump in 2016, but says he voted for Joe Biden in 2020 believing Trump had failed to confront the coronavirus pandemic. The retired factory worker says he is "satisfied" with Biden, crediting him for tackling several problems simultaneously. "You can tell he's trying to handle the pandemic, food prices, gas prices, Russia, all at the same time. And he doesn't seem to care how he looks," Prichard, a political independent, says. "Because it's not real good right now for him."
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The Associated Press provided some charts and graphs focusing on President Biden's approval rating for the first year in office;
BIDEN FIRST YEAR-POLITICS-APPROVAL — AP-NORC survey polling showing President Biden’s approval rating from late January 2021 to December 2021. This custom visualization will be updated with each new AP-NORC survey.
Source: AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
BIDEN-NUMBERS-JOB GROWTH — Chart. This AP digital embed chart shows job creation during the first year of Joe Biden's presidency compared to that of his recent predecessors during their first year in office. This chart is current as of Jan. 14, 2022 and will not update. Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
BIDEN-NUMBERS-INFLATION — Chart. This AP digital embed chart shows the inflation rate during the first year of Joe Biden's presidency compared with those of his recent predecessors. Inflation has spiked during Biden's first year to levels not seen in four decades. This chart is current as of Jan. 14, 2022 and will not update.
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
BIDEN-NUMBERS-UNEMPLOYMENT — Chart. This AP digital embed chart shows monthly unemployment figures for President Joe Biden and his recent predecessors' first year in office. This chart is current as of Jan. 14, 2022 and will not update.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
BIDEN-NUMBERS-JUDGES — Chart. This AP embed chart shows confirmations of Article III federal judges for President Joe Biden and previous presidents back to Jimmy Carter at the same point in their presidencies. Biden has seen more judges confirmed in his first year than any of his recent predecessors. This chart is current as of Jan. 12, 2022 and will not update.
Source: AP analysis of Federal Judicial Center data.
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