More than six in 10 Missourians either disapprove or strongly disapprove of the way President Biden is doing his job. The “St. Louis Post-Dispatch” reported the poll of likely voters conducted by St. Louis University and YouGov.
Biden’s “strongly approve” rating was 15 percent, while 21 percent said “approve.” Congress fared better, but not by much. Its disapproval rating was 47 percent, and another 21 percent said they “strongly disapproved.” The Missouri Legislature managed to come out of the poll with a stronger rating than either Biden or the U.S. Congress: 43 percent said they approved, with another 8 percent expressing strong approval.
Gov. Mike Parson managed to get half of the respondents, 50 percent, to say they either strongly approved or approved of his performance, while 44 percent picked one of the two disapproval choices.
Although most questions had a “not sure” response that was in the 4 percent to 10 percent range, the jury is still out on U.S. Sen. Eric Schmitt. A full 21 percent said they were still unsure of Schmitt’s performance. When it came to approval, 44 percent went for some level of approval and 35 percent disapproved to some extent.
The state’s other U.S. senator, Republican Josh Hawley, did not leave people undecided. Only 9 percent were unsure on their rating for Missouri’s senior senator and the rest of the respondents split: 47 percent approving and 44 percent disapproving.
When it came to issues, 44 percent said the top priority for Missouri was the economy, followed by education at 18 percent and then health care at 17 percent. On the issue of crime, 30 percent said the conditions in their community were “good”; “fair” garnered 31 percent; and “poor” took 29 percent. In a statement that said the United States is “on the right track and headed in a good direction,” 73 percent disagreed with that premise and another 12 percent were unsure. Survey respondents had a better feeling about Missouri, with only 44 percent disagreeing with the statement that Missouri was going in the right direction.
In regard to the statement “parents of students should have the right to object to the instructional materials used in their child’s classroom,” 62 percent said they should have that right and only 26 percent opposed the notion. And when it comes to guns, 79 percent said they favored background checks for anyone buying a gun, including at gun shows and through private sales.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice