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Live updates: Biden to deliver first State of the Union address amid global crisis – The Washington Post

Biden will address the nation Tuesday night with sagging poll numbers.

Thirty-seven percent of U.S. adults approve of the way he’s handling his job while 55 percent disapprove, according to the most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll. Those are the worst marks he has received in Post polling since taking office.

Biden gets negative marks on several major fronts, including his handling of the economy, the coronavirus and the situation involving Russia and Ukraine.

Thirty-seven percent approve of his handling of the economy, while 58 percent disapprove. Forty-four percent approve of his handling of the coronavirus, while 50 percent disapprove. And 33 percent approve of his handling of the situation involving Russia and Ukraine, while 47 percent disapprove.

Asked whether Biden “can be trusted in a crisis,” 43 percent say yes, while 52 percent say no. Those results are identical to ratings for President Donald Trump in early 2017 but worse than ratings for President Barack Obama in 2009 and 2014.

Nearly half of the public says America’s leadership in the world has gotten weaker under Biden (48 percent), while 23 percent say it has gotten stronger and 26 percent say it has stayed the same. In 2017 and 2018, between 47 percent and 53 percent of Americans said U.S. leadership had gotten weaker under Trump.

The Post-ABC poll was conducted Feb. 20 to 24 among a random national sample of 1,011 adults, reached on cellphones and landlines. The margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points for overall results.

Biden fares somewhat worse in the latest Post-ABC poll than in a broader Post average of February public polls. That tally finds Biden at 42 percent positive, 53 percent negative.

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