It appears that Joe Biden’s “honeymoon” with the American people as a newly-elected president has concluded, as evidenced by a sudden and recent decline in his job approval ratings.
In fact, one of the major polls revealed that Biden’s approval has dropped by six points to an unimpressive 50%, reaching the lowest level yet of his nascent presidency, according to BizPacReview.
While there is likely a multitude of factors driving down Biden’s approval rating, some of the obvious ones include soaring inflation linked to massive government spending plans, a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic by way of the rapidly spreading Delta variant and stalled-out vaccination program, as well as his blatant partisanship and near-complete refusal to negotiate or compromise with congressional Republicans.
Biden approval plummets
According to a Gallup survey that polled 1,007 U.S. adults between July 6-21, with a four percent margin of error, the president’s job approval rating currently stands at 50%, down from 56% in June, while his disapproval rating sits at 45%, up from 42% a month ago.
The figures mark both the lowest approval and highest disapproval of Biden’s job performance since taking office, and while some drop-off in approval and rise in disapproval is generally expected for all presidents at this particular point, trends also suggest that things won’t improve much for Biden moving forward, at least in the short term.
Interestingly enough, the decline in approval for Biden appears to come mostly from Democratic and independent voters, as his approval among Republicans has held fairly steady at a lowly 12%.
His approval among Democrats has plummeted from 98% in January to 90% currently, while among independents it has dropped from 61% at his inauguration to 48% currently, the first time since taking office that his support among independents has dropped below 50%.
Other polls say the same
Nor is that the only poll showing a decline in President Biden’s approval rating, as Rasmussen‘s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll has shown similar findings with its own constant polling of 1,500 likely voters. That particular poll pegged Biden’s current approval rating at 50%, down from a high of 55% at the end of May.
At the same time, the number of those who “strongly disapprove” of Biden has ticked up (39%) while those who “strongly approve” have held steady or declined (30%), giving him a negative net approval index rating of -9 points.
The decline in approval, and more specifically the increase in disapproval, was also evident in FiveThirtyEight‘s conglomerate of various polls since Biden took office in January.
Biden’s average approval, which started off at 53% and reached a high point of 55.1% in late March, has now declined to 52.4%. Meanwhile, his average disapproval, which began at 36% and hit a low of 34% on Feb. 1, has steadily increased since then to reach a high mark of 42.7% currently.
Similarly, the RealClearPolitics average of polls showed that Biden’s approval currently stands at 52.5%, down from a high of 55.8% at the end of January, while his disapproval has reached 43.5%, up from a low of 35% at the beginning of February.