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Biden, The Worst President In History Approval Rating – Weekly Update

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Last Update November 16th

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November 16th

U.S. President Joe Biden’s public approval rating dipped to 37% in a Reuters/Ipsos poll completed on Tuesday, edging closer to the lowest level of his presidency.

The two-day national poll found that Americans’ approval of Biden’s job performance had dropped by two percentage points from a week earlier.

Biden’s persistent unpopularity drove expectations that Republicans would decisively win control of the U.S. House of Representatives in Nov. 8 midterm elections. But with votes still being counted a week later, Republicans were only on track for a slim majority in the House. Democrats won enough U.S. Senate races to keep control of the Senate.

November 2nd

President Biden’s approval rating is on the uptick shortly before the midterms, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll. 

The poll found 40 percent of Americans approve of the president’s job performance, up one percentage point from the week prior but still hovering near low points from earlier this year.

October 25th

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Biden Job Approval Back Down to 40%. The Oct. 3-20 survey finds 56% of Americans disapproving of Biden’s performance, unchanged from September and midway between his highest (59% in July) and lowest (53% in August) disapproval scores this year.

Biden’s approval ratings continue to be starkly different by political party, with 85% of Democrats and 4% of Republicans approving. The 81-point gap in party ratings matches the average for Biden’s presidency to date, and is the same level of polarization measured in Donald Trump’s job approval ratings, on average.

Thirty-nine percent of political independents approve of the job Biden is doing, which is slightly above the 36% average approval rating among independents from January to September.

October 22nd

According to the latest The Economist / YouGov poll on Wednesday, Biden’s net approval fell 14 points to 39 percent. Earlier, Biden had an unusually high approval rating from “less committed Democrats” YouGov says. The president ended the week with a 45 percent approval rating. Independents, however, seem to be giving Biden the cold shoulder as his approval fell a whopping 18 percent in the past week.

October 15th

Joe Biden received his highest approval rating in more than a year with less than one month until voters head to the polls for the November 8 midterm elections.

A YouGov poll released this week found that 45 percent of U.S. adults approved of Biden’s presidency, while 46 percent said they disapproved. While he still has a 1-point deficit, YouGov has not found him with a higher approval rating since August 2021.

Notably, his approval rating among independents has risen to 40 percent. His approval among independents bottomed out on June 25, when only 22 percent of the key group approved of his performance in office.

October 12th

President Joe Biden’s approval rating stayed close to the lowest level of his presidency this week, a dark sign for his Democratic Party’s prospects in the Nov. 8 midterm elections, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll completed on Tuesday found.

The two-day national poll found that 40% of Americans approve of Biden’s job performance, unchanged from a week earlier.

The president’s sagging popularity, which drifted as low as 36% in May and June, has weighed on his party’s chances in November. Republicans are favored to win the House of Representatives, though experts say Democrats have a better chance of keeping the Senate.

October 4

U.S. President Joe Biden’s public approval rating edged lower this week and was close to the lowest level of his presidency.

The national poll found that 40% of Americans approve of Biden’s job performance, down from 41% a week earlier.

The president’s sagging popularity, which drifted as low as 36% in May and June, has helped drive expectations that his Democratic Party will lose control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November, and possibly the Senate as well.

September 30

President Biden’s approval rating dropped 5 points in the past week, according to a new Politico-Morning Consult poll. 

The poll found that 41 percent of respondents approved of Biden’s job performance, down from 46 percent last week. The results are a reversal of recent weeks, during which Biden’s approval rating has risen significantly following a series of legislative successes. 

Biden last month signed bipartisan legislation to increase investment in semiconductor manufacturing and to expand health care for veterans who have been exposed to burn pits while serving. He also signed a major climate, tax and health care package into law. 

The Politico-Morning Consult poll found the lower approval rating comes largely from a decline in Biden’s approval among Democrats. Approval from members of the president’s party dropped from 85 percent in last week’s poll to 80 percent this week. 

September 22nd

A new poll commissioned by a super PAC aligned with President Joe Biden shows the president’s overall approval has improved in three battleground states, but voters say he isn’t handling certain issues like the economy and jobs well.

The survey from Unite the Country, provided exclusively to NBC News, found that among 1,500 likely voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Biden’s approval rating in those states has slightly ticked up from 42% in May to 45% in September.

The favorability rating in those states for former President Donald Trump declined from 44% in May to 39% in September.

More than half, 56%, said they approve of Biden’s handling of the Covid response, 50% approve of his handling of the war in Ukraine and voters were evenly split over his handling of abortion and reproductive rights.

The poll found 54% said they disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economy and jobs, 51% disapprove of his handling of health care and 57% disapprove of how he’s handled crime and public safety. At least 60% of people in the three battleground states said they disliked how Biden has handled immigration, inflation and the national debt.

Unite the Country pointed favorably to how voters feel toward certain legislative wins for the Biden administration. The poll found, for example, that 82% found it was very or somewhat important for the president to sign legislation allowing Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug costs. Nearly 80% said they think his actions to address crime and support police have been important and said his work to revamp the nation’s infrastructure is important.

September 11th

Quinnipiac University poll released August 31 shows an increase in President Biden’s approval rating heading into the fall election season. 

The poll of 1,584 U.S. adults also revealed public support for his student loan forgiveness plan and that a plurality of Americans think former President Donald Trump should be prosecuted on federal charges.

Biden’s approval is at its highest since September 2021, according to the poll, which revealed 40 percent of Americans approve of the job he is doing while 52 percent disapprove. This comes two months after a July approval rating of 31 percent with 60 percent disapproving of him, an all- time low. 

This poll was conducted after Biden announced his plan to forgive student loans for some Americans. The plan, which targets borrowers who make less than $125,000, or households that make less than $250, 000, is favored by 53-to-43 percent of Americans.

The poll — which included 1,419 registered voters among its participants — also reveals that 50-to-41 percent of Americans think that former president Donald Trump should be prosecuted on criminal charges for his handling of classified documents; 6 in 10 think he acted inappropriately in his handling of documents. Federal law enforcement searched Trump’s residence at his Mar-a-Lago resort on August 9 in search of classified documents he allegedly took with him after leaving office.

August 31st

U.S. President Joe Biden’s public approval rating fell modestly this week, a poor sign for his Democratic Party’s hopes in the Nov. 8 midterm elections, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll completed on Tuesday.

The two-day national poll found that 38% of Americans approve of Biden’s job performance.

While Biden’s approval rating hit 41% last week, it has been mostly below 40% since mid-June despite a string of Democratic legislative victories that Biden’s allies hope will help them defend their narrow congressional majorities in November.

Democrats are expected to lose control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November and possibly the Senate as well.

August 25th

President Biden’s approval rating rose to 44 percent during the month of August in a new Gallup poll, the latest sign of the president recovering some ground amid a series of legislative wins and a steady decline in gasoline prices.  

According to the Gallup poll out Thursday, 44 percent of U.S. adults approve of Biden’s handling of his job as president, a clear improvement after his presidential approval rating hit a record low of 38 percent in July.  

August 18th

President Biden’s approval rating ticked up 3 percentage points in the past week, according to a Politico-Morning Consult poll released on Wednesday, as Democrats scored a major legislative win with the passage of their climate, health care and tax reform package.

The poll showed that 42 percent of registered voters said they approve of the job Biden is doing as president. The same poll released last week showed Biden’s approval rating was at 39 percent.

August 11th

President Biden’s approval rating rose to its highest level in two months in a Reuters-Ipsos poll released on Tuesday. 

Biden’s approval rating rose to 40 percent, up 2 percentage points, while his disapproval rating fell to 55 percent. 

The increase is partially fueled by more Democrats approving of Biden’s job performance. The poll showed Biden’s approval among Democrats rose 9 points from last month to 78 percent. 

Only 12 percent of Republicans approved of Biden’s performance. 

August 8th

Biden’s approval rating fell 2.1 points to 42.4 over the past month, undercutting his prior low of 43 in June. The IBD/TIPP presidential job approval measure indicates that 42.4% of adults who stated an opinion approve of Biden’s job performance and 57.6% disapprove. The approval rating excludes those who were unsure or declined to state an opinion,

Including the full survey group, 39% of American adults approve how Biden is handling the presidency, and 53% disapprove. Biden’s net -14 approval rating deteriorated from July’s -9 (40% approval and 49% disapproval) and June’s -12 (37%-49%).

August 6th

Biden Bounces Back

Biden’s approval stood at 39.3 percent as of Friday and his disapproval was 55.6 percent. That represents an upward trend since July 25, when the president’s approval was just 37.7 percent and his disapproval stood at 57.1 percent. It remains to be seen if his approval rating will continue to rise.

August 4th

Less than 100 days before the midterm elections, the president’s job approval rating has fallen below 40 percent, and polls suggest majorities of Democrats would prefer a different nominee in 2024. Even now, coming off his best week in recent memory — with the recalcitrant Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) agreeing to a major climate, tax and health care bill and Biden announcing the killing of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri in a drone strike — the president can’t seem to escape the intraparty skepticism.

August 1st

Donald Trump’s sixth quarter approval rating was 42 percent, the same as the equal previous lowest score that Jimmy Carter had in 1978.

Biden’s sixth quarter approval rating is the first time that it has been lower than Trump’s score during the same quarter.

Former President George W. Bush had the highest sixth quarter average at 75 percent, with Gallup polls around that time showing the Republican’s approval ratings in the mid- to high 90s.

When broken down further, Biden is also seeing a joint all-time low with regards to support from Democrats. According to July’s Gallup poll, 78 percent of Democrats approve of Biden’s presidency, the lowest since he recorded the same points in December 2021.

Less than one third (30 percent) of Democrats say they strongly approve of Biden, with nearly half (45 percent) of all voters polled saying they strongly disapprove of the job he’s doing as president. Nearly the same amount of Independents (43 percent) also say they strongly disapprove of Biden, with an overwhelming 87 percent of Republicans giving the same view.

July 29 Update

The Gallup poll found that 38 percent of voters approve of Biden’s job as president, down from 41 percent last month. In comparison, the president started out his term at 57 percent in January 2021.

Broken down by party, 78 percent of Democrats, 31 percent of Independents and 5 percent of Republicans surveyed gave the president a thumbs up. The polling shows a decline in approval among Democrats of 7 percent since they were last polled in June and 5 percent among Independents.

Gallup also compared Biden’s average approval rating in the sixth quarter to that of elected presidents going back to former President Eisenhower, noting Biden had the lowest average approval rating of them all at this point in the presidency at 40 percent. 


  • A mere 15% of voters “strongly approve” of President Biden’s job performance, while 55% of Americans “somewhat disapprove” or “strongly disapprove.”
  • There were 46% of Americans who said they want a Congress who stands up to President Biden, versus 42% who want lawmakers who cooperate with the president.
  • With the midterm elections only 101 days away, Americans were asked what issues would affect their vote in November.
  • The top voter issue is the economy (20%), followed by abortion (15%), inflation and the cost of living (10%), and immigration (4%).

July 24 Update

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July 20 Update

Biden’s approval rating in the poll is now at 36%. That’s a 4 percentage-point drop from June, and inside the numbers, it’s attributable to a 9-point decline within his own party.

While 75% of Democrats approve of the job Biden is doing, that’s considered low for a president’s own party. Last month, 84% of Democrats said they approved of the job Biden was doing, according to the survey.

Republicans and independents are far lower — just 5% of Republicans and only 28% of independents approve of the job Biden is doing. Those are unchanged from a month ago.

July 18th Update

President Biden’s economic approval ratings have hit a record low for his presidency — and surpassed the lowest ratings of the previous two presidents, new polling shows.

A CNBC All-America Economic survey put Biden’s economic approval rating at 30 percent, 5 points below a previous survey in April. 

That number is also 11 points below the low for former President Trump and 7 points below the lowest for former President Obama.

Conducted July 7-10, the poll surveyed 800 Americans and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. 

The survey has been distributed for 15 years, but the latest results include “the worst economic outlook measures CNBC has recorded,” the report concludes.

July 14th Update

A new CNBC poll, conducted by the same polling firms that helm the NBC News poll, finds President Joe Biden’s overall approval rating sinking to 36% among all adults, while his approval rating for handling the economy has fallen to 30% — both all-time lows for the president in CNBC polling. 

What’s more, Biden’s ratings are lower than the worst scores ever for Donald Trump (37% job rating, 41% economic handling) or Barack Obama (41% job rating, 37% economic handling) during the entire course of their presidencies, according to both the CNBC and NBC surveys. 

July 11 Update

President Biden is facing an alarming level of doubt from inside his own party, with 64 percent of Democratic voters saying they would prefer a new standard-bearer in the 2024 presidential campaign, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll, as voters nationwide have soured on his leadership, giving him a meager 33 percent job-approval rating.

Widespread concerns about the economy and inflation have helped turn the national mood decidedly dark, both on Mr. Biden and the trajectory of the nation. More than three-quarters of registered voters see the United States moving in the wrong direction, a pervasive sense of pessimism that spans every corner of the country, every age range and racial group, cities, suburbs and rural areas, as well as both political parties.

July 9th Update

For the first time, President Joe Biden’s voter approval rating has fallen below former President Donald Trump’s worst-ever level, continuing a yearlong trend for the bumbling chief executive who can’t seem to get a break.

Rasmussen Reports’s daily tracking poll put Biden’s approval rating at 37% today. Trump’s approval rating never fell below 38% in four years of Rasmussen polling.

July 4 Update

  • 39% of Americans approve of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president.
  • 40% of Americans approve of the way Kamala Harris is handling her job as vice president.

July 1 Update

President Joe Biden’s approval rating is lower than Donald Trump’s was at the same stage of his presidency, as the Democrats are bracing for potential major losses in this year’s midterm elections.

Biden’s approval rating was 39 percent as of June 30, according to analysis by poll tracker FiveThirtyEight, while 56.2 percent of Americans disapproved of the way the president is handling his job.

Trump’s approval rating on July 1, 2018, was 41.8 percent, while 52.3 percent of Americans disapproved of him, figures from FiveThirtyEight show.

June 27 Update

During his campaign for president and in his first year in office, Joe Biden tried to be all things to all people. But trying to govern on behalf of such a broad political coalition has left his administration with something of an identity crisis.

In alarming figures for Democrats ahead of the midterms, Mr. Biden’s approval rating has reached the lowest level of his presidency, while 70 percent of Americans say that the country is on the wrong track.

June 24 Update

Biden’s approval rating has been below 50 percent since August, pollsters noted. 

Seventy-three percent of Democrats surveyed in the new poll said they approve of the job Biden is doing as president, dipping 12 percentage points from August. 

Biden’s approval rating among Republicans, meanwhile, is also dipping. Only 7 percent of Republican respondents currently approve of the job Biden is doing, down from the 11 percent of Republican respondents who approved earlier this month.

Additionally, 18 percent of respondents said in the latest poll that they believe the country is headed in the right direction under Biden’s presidency. 

June 22 Update

Per Gallup – After a month that encompassed a mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, the start of the Jan. 6 committee hearings in Congress, and average gas prices hitting $5 a gallon amid rising inflation, President Joe Biden’s job approval rating didn’t change between May and June, holding at 41%.

Biden’s job approval rating has registered 41% since April and has varied by no more than one percentage point from that level all year. This stability is also reflected in his underlying approval ratings from Democrats, independents and Republicans, which are 85%, 36% and 3%, respectively, in June.

June 19 Update

President Biden’s approval rating has floundered in multiple polls amid Democratic doubts about his 2024 prospects.

Biden’s approval has sunk down to 39 percent, with 47 percent “strongly” disapproving of the president, according to a new poll from USA Today/Suffolk poll. According to the poll, only 16 percent of Americans “strongly” approve of the president.

The poll also showed a major disparity between Americans who think the country is on the right track versus the wrong track, with a whopping 71 percent thinking the U.S. is “on the wrong track.”

Forty-six percent of Democrats also believe the U.S. is not headed the right direction.

In fact, only 16 percent of Americans polled said they believe America is on the right track as a nation.

Additionally, Americans were split 40 percent to 40 percent on whether they’d vote for a Republican or Democrat to go to the halls of Congress if the elections were held today.

June 16 Update

A new study compiled by Gallup comparing widely used barometers of midterm attitudes since 1974, which has made the rounds widely in Democratic circles this week, underscores just how bad the atmosphere has become.

Biden’s approval rating stands at an average of just 41 percent in Gallup surveys, tied with former President Trump before the 2018 midterms and lower than any president except George W. Bush in 2006.

Just 18 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, the lowest figure for a midterm year and three points lower than its rating in both 2018, when Republicans lost control of Congress, and 2010, when Democrats surrendered control.

Only 16 percent of Americans are satisfied with the direction of the country, another nadir. And the gap between those who see an economy headed in a negative direction and those who see economic conditions heading the right way is 32 percentage points, on par with the depths of the great recession ahead of the 2010 midterms.

June 15 Update

U.S. President Joe Biden’s public approval rating fell to 39% in its third straight weekly decline, approaching the lowest level of his presidency, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll completed on Tuesday.

The two-day national poll found that 56% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s job performance.

Biden’s approval rating has been below 50% since August, a sign that his Democratic Party could be on track to lose control of at least one chamber of Congress in the Nov. 8 midterm election.

June 14 Update

Biden’s approval rating slid 2.4 points to 43 over the past month as his standing among Democrats continued to deteriorate. The IBD/TIPP presidential job approval measure indicates that 43% of adults surveyed approve of Biden’s job performance and 57% disapprove, excluding those who were unsure or declined to state an opinion.

Biden’s rating undercut his prior low of 44.4 in February and President Trump’s 43.5 approval rating as he exited office.

Including the full survey group, 37% of American adults approve how Biden is handling the presidency, and 49% disapprove. That was a step down from 39%-47% in May. The prior low point for Biden’s approval was 38%-48% in February.

June 11 Rating Update

Biden approval sinks to 22% among young adults, 24% among Hispanics.

22% of Americans ages 18-34 approve of Biden’s performance — the lowest rating of any age group. Just 24% of Hispanic voters and 49% of black voters said they approve of Biden’s work.

Although elected with the most votes in US history, Biden’s support cratered about seven months into office during the chaotic US pullout from Afghanistan and remained low as inflation and violent crime spiked.

In the new poll, 64% of respondents said they disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economy and 34% said inflation is the most pressing national issue. Annual inflation was above 8% in March and April, which critics blame on Biden’s policies.

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June 9 Update

President Biden’s approval rating among Americans has hit an all-time low, according to a new Morning Consult poll. 

The poll published on Wednesday found that 58 percent of those surveyed disapprove of Biden’s performance as president, while 39 percent of respondents approve.

That’s down from 42 percent of respondents who approved of Biden’s performance in a Morning Consult poll taken last month.

Morning Consult noted that Biden’s latest polling numbers are worse than his predecessor, former President Trump, at this time in his presidency four years ago. 

This was also Biden’s lowest approval rating and highest disapproval rating since he took office in January 2021, according to Morning Consult’s polling.

Eighty percent of respondents who are registered Republicans strongly disapprove of the job Biden is doing as president, while 37 percent of respondents who are registered Democrats strongly approve of his handling of his position. 

Overall, eighty percent of Democrats said they approve of the job Biden is doing as president, while four percent of Republican respondents said the same thing. Seventy percent of Republican respondents disapprove of the Biden’s job as president, compared to 14 percent of Democrats.

June 4 Update

President Biden’s approval rating among Americans has risen 6 percentage points this week, after recording his lowest approval rating in his presidency a week prior, according to a new Reuters-Ipsos opinion poll

The new poll, published on Wednesday, found that 42 percent of respondents approve of the job Biden is doing as president. That number is up from a record low of a 36 percent approval rating from the public last week. 

Fifty-two percent of respondents disapprove of the job Biden is doing as president, according to the poll. 

Biden’s approval rating within the Democratic Party rose, according to the survey. Seventy-eight percent of Democratic respondents said they approve of Biden’s job as president — a 6-point increase from last week.

Twelve percent of Republican respondents also approve of the job Biden has done as president. 

May 28 Update

President Joe Biden’s approval rating dipped to the lowest point of his presidency in May, a new poll shows, with deepening pessimism emerging among members of his own Democratic Party.

Only 39% of U.S. adults approve of Biden’s performance as president, according to the poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Research, dipping from already negative ratings a month earlier.

Overall, only about 2 in 10 adults say the U.S. is heading in the right direction or the economy is good, both down from about 3 in 10 a month earlier. Those drops were concentrated among Democrats, with just 33% within the president’s party saying the country is headed in the right direction, down from 49% in April.

Of particular concern for Biden ahead of the midterm elections, his approval among Democrats stands at 73%, a substantial drop since earlier in his presidency. In AP-NORC polls conducted in 2021, Biden’s approval rating among Democrats never dropped below 82%.

President Biden’s approval rating just cannot rise and now he has broken records for just how poorly he is running the country.

According to The Hill, the latest Gallup survey has found that President Biden’s approval rating sits at roughly 41 percent a year into his presidency. This makes his approval rating among the lowest any president has had since the 1950s!

Fifty-six percent of Americans polled disapprove of Biden’s job performance and leadership skills.

Gallup even went as far as pointing out that President Biden’s average approval rating is lower than than all other presidents going back to the 1950s.

Gallup’s analysts explained, “While it is possible that Biden’s job approval could increase between now and the fall elections, doing so would go against the historical pattern for second-year presidents.”

They further noted, “The prospects for significant improvement in Biden’s job approval ratings before the fall midterms seem dim not only because of the historical record for second-year presidents, but because his approval ratings have been stuck in the low 40s for eight months.”

Americans will vote in the upcoming midterm elections and things do not look good for Democrats right now.