The media has done its best to prop up President Joe Biden by flatly ignoring alleged scandals involving his family, downplaying his gaffes and misstatements, portraying his divisive and partisan policy agenda as bipartisan and unifying, and publishing exceptionally biased polls suggesting he is highly popular with the American people.
There is at least one poll that says differently, though — and it revealed that President Biden’s approval rating has dropped to just below 50% after being roughly 6 points higher as recently as a weeks ago, Breitbart reported.
Biden’s approval drops
The aforementioned poll is Rasmussen‘s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, which surveys 500 out of 1,500 likely voters on a daily basis and compiles the results into a three-day rolling average with a margin of error of 2.5% to 3%.
As of Friday, the Rasmussen poll indicated that Biden had the approval of 49% of voters, while 49% disapproved of the president’s job performance.
At the end of May, Biden had registered a 55% approval rating among voters, his highest mark ever in the Rasmussen tracking survey.
That Friday poll also revealed that there is far more strength behind President Biden’s disapproval than those who approve, as 30% of respondents indicated that they “strongly approved” of the president while 42% “strongly disapproved.”
The difference between those two figures determines the polling company’s Approval Index, which currently sits deep underwater at -12 for the president.
That nearly matches the record -13 Biden had reached previously in that particular index, and if the current trendlines continue as they have for the past several weeks, the president could surpass that mark and set a new low in terms of how greatly his disapproval support outmatches his approval support.
Not surprisingly, other polls paint a more rosy picture for the president in terms of his approval among the American people, as evidenced by the RealClearPolitics average of polls, which currently pegs Biden’s approval at 53.8% and disapproval at 41.1%, for a positive spread of 12.7%.
However, while the Rasmussen poll may be on the low side for the president, some of the other polls included in the average, such as the Hill/HarrisX and IBD/TIPP polls, appear to be outliers on the high end with seemingly inflated approval numbers and extraordinarily low disapproval figures.
Could trip change things?
Meanwhile, Breitbart noted that these polling numbers capture the moment in time when President Biden remains locked in negotiations with congressional Republicans on an infrastructure spending bill as well as while he’s on his first overseas trip as president to attend a G7 summit and other meetings with allies and rivals.
Depending upon how Biden’s foreign trip goes — particularly if he utters any major gaffes or commits any embarrassing slip-ups — the Rasmussen approval index figure could plunge even lower.