Gallup: Biden Job Approval Down to 43%

Michael W. Chapman | October 5, 2021 | 12:23pm EDT
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President Joe Biden.  (Getty Images)
President Joe Biden. (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- A new survey shows that President Joe Biden's job approval rating has fallen to 43%, the lowest of his presidency. Also, among independent voters, Biden's approval rating is even lower at 37%. Biden's disapproval rating among American adults is 53%.

In the September poll, Gallup asked adults living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, "Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president?"

In response, 53% said they disapprove, and 43% said they approve. 


"The latest drop in Biden's job approval score is the second significant decline since June," reported Gallup.  "Biden's honeymoon ratings near 55% first faltered in July, falling to 50% amid rising COVID-19 cases caused largely by the delta variant. In Gallup's Aug. 2-17 poll, Biden's rating was essentially unchanged, at 49%."

"Biden's recent slides in approval put him in the company of Trump and Bill Clinton, whose ratings were at or below Biden's current 43% at some point in the first eight months of their presidencies," said the survey firm.

When viewed by political affiliation, 90% of Democrats approve of Biden's job performance, along with 6% of Republicans.  Among independents, 37% approve. 


"A look back at comparable September approval ratings of Biden's four predecessors shows that his 37% approval rating among independents today is greater than Trump's 31% but lower than Barack Obama's 46%, George W. Bush's 44% and Clinton's 43%," reported Gallup. 

For Vice President Kamala Harris, her job approval rating among U.S. adults is 49%. Her job disapproval rating is also 49%. 

"Biden's latest approval rating further cements the fact that the honeymoon phase of his presidency is behind him," said Gallup. "Political independents, who were part of the coalition that helped him defeat Trump in 2020, now largely disapprove of the job he is doing as president."

"Though Americans were generally supportive of the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the chaotic and deadly way in which it was executed has played into the decrease in Biden's approval rating," said Gallup.  "So, too, has the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic."

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