Biden's approval rating falls to lowest level since inauguration

Half a year into his presidency, Biden's approval rating has fallen significantly - though most polls still show him in positive territory.

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David Rosenberg ,

US President Joe Biden
US President Joe Biden
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President Joe Biden’s net approval rating has fallen significantly since his inauguration six months ago, hitting its lowest level over the past few days.

Biden entered office with a net approval rating of +20, with nearly 56% of Americans approving of his job performance, according to the RealClearPolitics rolling average of polls, compared to just over 35% of who disapproved of his job performance.

While, Biden’s net approval rating remains in positive territory, it has declined sharply, falling to +6.4 points, with just over half (51.3%) of Americans approving of his job performance, compared to 44.9% who disapprove.

Nearly all of the polls included in the average showed Biden with a net positive approval rating, though Rasmussen gave the president a net negative four points, with 47% of respondents approving of his job performance compared to 51% who disapprove.

Biden’s predecessor, President Donald Trump, remained in net negative territory virtually of his presidency, according to the RealClearPolitics average, reaching a net positive rating only briefly immediately after his inauguration.

By August 1st 2017, Trump’s net approval rating had plummeted to -16.9 points, with 39.2% of Americans approving of his job approval, compared to 56.1% who disapproved.

Other prior presidents also suffered noticeable declines in their approval ratings after half a year in office, though most declines were far less pronounced than either Biden’s or Trump’s.

President Obama still maintained a net +14.3 approval rating at this point in his first term, while George W. Bush enjoyed a +17.9 net approval rating at this point in his first term.



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