Poll: Joe Biden’s Approval Rating Sees Largest Drop of Any President Since 1953

President Barack Obama (L) walks with Former President George W. Bush (R) as they are followed by Vice President Joe Biden (C) and first lady Michelle Obama (in yellow) and former first lady Laura Bush (R) on the East Front of the US Capitol Building after Barack Obama was sworn …
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President Biden’s 11-point drop in averaged approval ratings over his first three quarters in office marks the most significant decline in approval during the same point in any presidency since 1953, according to Gallup.

During his first quarter as president from January to June, President Biden enjoyed approval ratings between 54 percent to 57 percent, with an average rating of 56 percent, according to Gallup. Since then, his approval rating has plummeted. Approval ratings in his third quarter, which began on July 20 and ended on October 19, averaged at 44.7 percent, according to Gallup. The 11.3 percentage point drop between Biden’s first and third quarters is the largest of any president dating back to 1953, according to Gallup.

Gallup’s latest survey registers the president’s approval rating at 42 percent, which is similar to the 43 percent approval rating he garnered in September.

Since September, the United States has dealt with supply chain issues, a worker shortage, and inflation.

In August, his rating hovered at 49 percent, but the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, which resulted in the death of 13 U.S. servicemembers likely led to the six-point drop between August and September, according to Gallup:

US President Joe Biden(C) attends the dignified transfer of the remains of a fallen service member at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, August, 29, 2021, one of the 13 members of the US military killed in Afghanistan last week. - President Joe Biden prepared Sunday at a US military base to receive the remains of the 13 American service members killed in an attack in Kabul, a solemn ritual that comes amid fierce criticism of his handling of the Afghanistan crisis. Biden and his wife, Jill, both wearing black and with black face masks, first met far from the cameras with relatives of the dead in a special family center at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.The base, on the US East Coast about two hours from Washington, is synonymous with the painful return of service members who have fallen in combat. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

US President Joe Biden(C) attends the dignified transfer of the remains of a fallen servicemember at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, August 29, 2021, one of the 13 members of the US military killed in Afghanistan last week (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images).

Gallup’s latest survey, conducted from October 1-October 19, shows that 92 percent of Democrats approve of Biden’s performance, while 6 percent of Democrats disapprove, according to Gallup. Among Republicans, four percent approve of the job Biden is doing, while 94 percent disapprove. “The 88-point partisan gap in job approval is the largest for Biden thus far in his presidency and ranks among the largest in more than eight decades of Gallup measurements of presidential approval,” Gallup reports.

Furthermore, the poll shows that Biden is underwater with independents, as his latest approval rating hovers at 34 percent, which is a 21-point drop from the 55 percent approval rating he enjoyed from independents in June.

The three Democrat presidents who preceded Biden all had sharp drops in approval that are similar to Biden’s at the same point during their tenures in office, according to Gallup. Barack Obama dropped ten points between his first- and third-quarter averages, Bill Clinton fell seven percentage points, and Jimmy Carter’s approval rating declined nine points. The last Democrat president to gain public support between his first and third quarters was John F. Kennedy, whose approval rating climbed 2.5 points.

Gallup’s latest poll was conducted October 1-October 19 and randomly sampled 823 adults older than 18 years of age throughout all 50 states and Washington, DC. The margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points and the confidence level of 95 percent.


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