The White House attributed this to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, while analysts pointed to the chaotic withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and political infighting in Washington.

Almost nine months after he took office, Americans are expressing dissatisfaction with U.S. President Joe Biden.

In a series of nationwide polls conducted last week, an average of 49.2 percent of voters said they disapproved of Biden’s performance as president, while 44.5 percent were happy with him.

Such data is provided by the sociological website FiveThirtyEight.

In five recent polls, the results of which are shown on the RealClearPolitics website, the number of dissatisfied with the work of the president exceeds the number of satisfied. Three surveys gave the opposite picture.

According to analysts, Biden’s downgrade is especially noticeable among independent voters, who helped him defeat President Donald Trump in the fight for the White House last year.

In July, six months after the start of his presidency, the number of those satisfied with his work exceeded the number of those dissatisfied by nine percentage points. Still, by the end of August, the opinions of American voters about him were equally divided.

Since then, his rating has declined even more, and political scientists offer several explanations.

This period coincided with the chaotic withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan after a 20-year war, they note.

Analysts also point to political differences between Republicans and Democrats in Washington over the increase in the debt ceiling. At the same time, progressive and moderate Democratic lawmakers are arguing about the scale and scope of the plan for the most significant expansion of the country’s social protection system in more than half a century, proposed by Biden.

The number of new coronavirus cases in the country has also been growing in recent months, although it has recently declined. At the same time, about 70 million Americans remain unvaccinated.

Biden demanded that employees of companies with a staff of 100 or more people be vaccinated or undergo regular testing. Still, these requirements have caused controversy in some regions of the country and some companies and have not yet entered into force.

The FiveThirtyEight website noted that only two presidents since 1945, including Trump, had a lower rating than Biden at a similar point in their presidency.

Asked to comment on Biden’s declining ratings, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recently told reporters: “Our country is going through a difficult time. We are continuing the fight against COVID, and many believed that we would be done with it, including us.”

According to Psaki, this “undoubtedly affects many issues,” including the supply chains of consumer goods of foreign manufacturers that are delayed in American ports with insufficient personnel.

She also said that people are worried about the safety of their jobs.