President Joe Biden has now been in office for six months and as Americans have had an opportunity to see how he will govern the country, it appears that they’re not fond of what they’re seeing.
In fact, far from being the media-proclaimed “most popular president ever,” a recent poll actually showed Biden’s favorability rating below that of his two most recent predecessors in office, Breitbart reported.
Despite incessantly negative media coverage from the very beginning that continues to this very day, former President Donald Trump was viewed more favorably by American voters than Biden, who has received almost exclusively positive or neutral coverage from an allied, mainstream media.
It’s not good for Biden
The findings came from a recent Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters, between July 21-22, with a margin of error of 3% up or down.
That poll found that 51% of voters had a favorable opinion of President Biden, including 33% with a “very favorable” view. He was also viewed unfavorably by 48% of voters, including 39% with a “very unfavorable” view.
Meanwhile, Rasmussen reported that Trump currently has a favorable opinion from 52% of voters and is viewed unfavorably by 46%, besting Biden in both metrics, albeit within the margin of error.
Both Biden and Trump fell short of the popularity mark set by former President Barack Obama, however, who currently enjoys a 55% favorability rating.
Biden compared to past presidents
One area that Biden does appear to be outperforming his most recent predecessor Trump is in Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, which showed Biden at 50% approval as of July 23. For comparison, on July 23, 2017, then-President Trump had an approval rating of 43% — but, as noted, one must consider the disparity in media coverage to survey the full context of the situation.
It should also be noted that the Rasmussen poll has historically proven to be more favorable toward Trump than other polling outfits, and that shows when comparisons are drawn between Biden and his predecessors by some of those other pollsters.
For example, FiveThirtyEight‘s conglomeration of polls shows Biden with a 52.4% approval rating and 42.7% disapproval rating. It should be pointed out that while Biden’s approval has held fairly steady around the 52% mark, his disapproval rating has been steadily increasing since taking office, climbing from a low of 34% in February to its current high of 42.7%.
In terms of how Biden stacks up with past presidents as of Day 185 of their presidencies, going all the way back to President Harry Truman, Biden has a higher approval rating at this point than only Trump, Bill Clinton, and Gerald Ford.
Gallup found similar results, and with Biden currently at his lowest mark of 50% approval and highest mark of disapproval at 45% in that poll, he beats out only Trump and Clinton at this point in their respective presidencies.