Is COVID-19 to blame for Biden’s lagging poll numbers?

The White House linked Biden’s poll numbers to the pandemic

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday attributed a series of tough poll results for President Biden to the nation’s inability to fully overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

“I would say that this is a really tough time in our country,” Psaki said when asked about the string of surveys showing Biden’s approval dropping, particularly among independent voters.

“We’re still battling COVID, and a lot of people thought we’d be through it, including us,” she continued. “And because of the rise of the delta variant, because of the fact that even though it was a vaccine approved under a Republican administration, even though we now have full FDA approval, and even though it’s widely available across the country, we still have … 20 percent of the country who have decided not to get vaccinated.”

“No question that’s having an impact. And of course as the president has said, the buck stops with him,” Psaki said. “That’s far and away the biggest issue in the minds of the American people, and it’s impacting a lot of issues.”

A RealClearPolitics average of polls puts Biden’s approval rating at 43 percent, down from 51 percent in early August.

Psaki reasoned the lingering threat of the virus has had a ripple effect on the economy, the labor market and supply chains that have further dampened Americans’ outlooks.

She said the White House is focused on the big picture of getting life back to something akin to pre-pandemic normal as opposed to each individual poll result.