Gallup: Biden Job Approval 42%, Down 14 Points Since June

Michael W. Chapman | October 29, 2021 | 10:54am EDT
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(CNS News) -- The latest Gallup job approval poll for President Joe Biden shows that he is down to 42%, which is 14 percentage points lower than in June.

Back in late January, early February, Biden's job approval rating was at 57%. So, he is down 15 percentage points since that time. 

"Biden began his term with relatively solid approval ratings, ranging between 54% and 57% from January through June," reported Gallup.  "His approval dropped to 50% in July and 49% in August as coronavirus infections surged in the U.S."

 

"The chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in late August, which included the deaths of more than a dozen U.S. military personnel in a terrorist attack at the Kabul airport, was likely the reason Biden's September job approval rating fell further to 43%," said the polling firm. 

"His latest rating suggests no improvement in his public support, as Democrats delayed passage of a pair of infrastructure bills due to internal disagreements on their size and scope," said Gallup.  

Broken down politically, 92% of Democrats approve of Biden's job performance. However, only 34% of Independents and 4% of Republicans also approve.

 

"Given the extreme partisan gaps in Biden's approval ratings, political independents' changing views of him are largely responsible for the recent declines in his approval rating," said Gallup.  

"Currently, 34% of independents approve of the job Biden is doing, the lowest of his term to date," reported Gallup. "His approval among independents has fallen a total of 21 points since June, including nine points since August."

When compared with other presidents' third-quarter job approval averages, going all the way back to Eisenhower in 1953, Biden's approval is second to last, above Donald Trump. 

 

"While the decline in Biden's approval rating seems to have stalled for now, it has also not begun to reverse course," said Gallup.  "With his public support settling in the low 40% range, it is now at a level that has been more typical for recent presidents than his early-term 'honeymoon' ratings."

"All of Trump's approval ratings were below 50%, Obama spent much of his presidency below 50%, and George W. Bush was below that mark for all but the first few months of his second term in office," concluded the polling group. 

The telephone survey of 823 adults was conducted Oct. 1-19, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The margin of error was +/- 4 percentage points. 

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