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BOSTON- Voters in Harvard Square assessed President Biden’s performance and considered major issues such as inflation.
Some voters gave Biden low marks for his decisions affecting the economy, while others gave high marks, saying the president did the best he could with what he was given.
“I think a lot of things that Biden did … contributed to the inflation that led to a lot of problems today,” Charles, a Harvard student, told Fox News. He gave Biden a D and said the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in August was “somewhat awkward.”
But Nick, who gave the president an A, said: “A lot of the presidential ratings are probably relative to the previous guy. He’s still early days, I think. Give him some time.”
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Inflation remained near a 40-year high in April, although it eased slightly to 8.3%, the Labor Ministry reported on Wednesday.
Charles blamed parts of the US bailout — a legislative package intended to provide economic relief from the COVID-19 pandemic — and Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline contributed to inflation. He added that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was also a factor.
A Massachusetts woman, Cassandra, gave Biden a C.
“I don’t think he did much,” she told Fox News. “But it’s really hard work.”
“He’s probably doing his best,” Cassandra added. “I’m more proud of [Sen.] Elizabeth Warren.”
She said she was impressed by the Massachusetts Democrat’s fiery speech after a leaked draft ruling indicated the Supreme Court appeared set to overturn Roe v. Wade. The high court issued a statement acknowledging the authenticity of the project and clarified that it was not a final decision on the matter.
“There are decisions he makes that I personally disagree with,” one man, Isaiah, said, giving Biden a D.
“The fact that Roe v. Wade is potentially being knocked down during his run is kind of disheartening,” he told Fox News. “I feel like he could do more to prevent that.”
The Supreme Court acts independently of the White House, and all nine Supreme Court justices were confirmed before Biden’s inauguration.
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UK’s Alex gave Biden an A minus.
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“I think considering the hand that was dealt to him, he did very well,” she said.
One man, Ben, did not give Biden a rating.
“I don’t know if I could grade it like that,” he said. “Maybe as far as American presidents go…he’s not the worst.”
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