As Joe Biden nears the first anniversary of his presidency, his approval rating is declining. He is now approaching levels comparable to those of former President Donald Trump at the same time in his tenure.
Mr Biden’s approval rating has hovered close to 40% in the past three months. Currently, about 42 percent of Americans approve of his job performance while 51 percent disapprove, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Mr Biden has the second lowest approval rating of any president after a year in office. Only Mr. Trump hit a lower number. While Mr. Biden’s approval rating was in the 1940s, Mr. Trump’s was often in the 1930s. After nearly a year in office, Mr. Trump’s approval rating was 39% after hitting a low of 36% in first year on December 15, 2017.
Most new presidents have a fairly high approval rating to start with, and then decline over time. President Barack Obama’s approval rating was 68 percent when he took office on January 20, 2009. That same figure for Mr. Biden was 53 percent. But after a year in office, Mr. Obama’s approval rating had fallen below 50 percent.
President George W Bush’s approval rating increased dramatically following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, from 52% on September 10 to 88% a month later.
As political polarization has deepened, it has become increasingly unlikely that a president will see his approval soar in this way, even during a major crisis. For example, the Covid-19 pandemic has not resulted in a similar increase.
President Bill Clinton saw his approval rating improve as voters reaped the benefits of a stronger economy.
When Mr. Biden’s approval rating plummeted during August as the United States made an at times chaotic troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Delta variant of the coronavirus spread across the country .
Mr Biden’s approval for his handling of the pandemic has been higher than his overall approval rating, but that figure briefly flipped for the first time earlier this week. More than 60% of Americans approved of Mr Biden’s Covid response last spring, but now that number is below 45%.
As Omicron overwhelms hospitals, many Americans believe we are a long way from overcoming this virus. Some states and communities have reinstated restrictions, including distance learning, much to the annoyance of many Americans.
Inflation is the highest since the 1980s, raising new concerns about the cost of living. Studies have shown that inflation leads to lower approval ratings for the president in charge.
While Mr Biden and the Democrats have succeeded in pushing through a Covid-19 stimulus bill and a bipartisan infrastructure package with the help of some Republicans, they are currently struggling to pass human rights legislation. vote and a social spending package. But finding a way to get either of these initiatives through may not boost Mr Biden’s approval rating – the passage of the infrastructure bill last November did not. not changed its approval rating.
According to a Quinnipiac poll, 58 percent of those surveyed believe that “the nation’s democracy is in danger of collapsing.” This includes 62 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of Independents and 56 percent of Democrats.
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