In the dark blue Massia, Joe Biden’s approval is 45 percentEnglish 

In the dark blue Massia, Joe Biden’s approval is 45 percent

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Most respondents said they did not trust the federal government’s ability to “respond to the needs of the American people.”

President Joe Biden is meeting with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumi Kishid as U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin observes the NATO summit in Madrid on Wednesday. Kenny Holston / The New York Times

President Joe Biden is not so popular in Massachusetts, the results of a new poll show.

A MassINC poll released Thursday found that of the state’s 1,002 residents surveyed this month, 45 percent said they had a favorable attitude toward the commander-in-chief, while 39 percent said they had a negative attitude.

Fourteen percent of other respondents said they were undecided about their position on the Democratic president. One percent refused to answer.

Still, Biden is more likeable in Bay State than his 2020 opponent, former President Donald Trump, who has 28 percent favor, and the vast majority – or 62 percent of respondents – have a negative view of Trump.

The poll was conducted between June 8 and 12 – before the US Supreme Court last week annulled a significant case of the right to abortion Roe v. Wade. The decision has angered many Democrats, causing friction within the party, with critics urging Biden and other party leaders to take steps to codify abortion into federal law.

Other recent court rulings reflected new conservative leanings, including rulings that overturned the New York City gun gun law and limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to enforce the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

But even before recent decisions, Massachusetts residents were mixed up in their opinions of the Supreme Court, with 34 percent of respondents having a favorable view of the court and an equal number of respondents negative. Another 29 percent are undecided, two percent are reluctant to answer, and 1 percent said they have never heard of the court.

On Thursday, Biden, during a press conference in Spain, said he would support an exception from the Senate filibuster to protect access to abortion.

“If a filibuster gets in the way, it’s like the right to vote,” Biden said, referring to another issue in which he supports giving up filibusters.

The president said there should be an “exception for the filibuster for this action dealing with the Supreme Court decision”.

Progressive party members, including Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, have advocated for the complete abolition of filibusters – a rule that requires a overwhelming majority to pass laws in the Senate. Some also called for an increase in the number of judges in the Supreme Court.

A recent poll asked respondents about several possible changes in the functioning of the federal government and found that most respondents in Massachusetts to some extent support the elimination of filibusters.

Twenty-nine percent of respondents strongly support such a change, while 23 percent said they somewhat support the change. The other 13 percent are somewhat opposed to the maneuver, while an additional 13 percent strongly oppose it. Twenty-two percent of residents surveyed said they were unsure.

Similarly, a majority of respondents surveyed supported an increase in the number of judges in the Supreme Court from nine to 13, with 24 percent strongly supporting and 28 percent saying they somewhat supported the idea. Thirteen percent of those polled said they were somewhat opposed to expanding the court, and 18 percent said they were strongly against that option. Eighteen percent were unsure.

In general, most respondents said they did not trust the federal government’s ability to “respond to the needs of the American people.”

Only 8 percent responded by saying they have a lot of confidence, and 29 percent said they have little confidence. A majority, or 38 per cent, said they did not have much confidence, and another 21 per cent had no confidence at all. Four percent was unsure.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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