The numbers are in — and President Joe Biden isn’t going to like them.
A poll taken by Rassmussen the week that Biden took office showed the new president’s approval rating was significantly lower than both Donald Trump and Barack Obama’s had been when they started their respective terms in the White House, the Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard reported.
According to Rassmussen, only 48% of those surveyed said they approved of Biden, and 45% disapproved. By contrast, 56% approved of Trump as he took office in 2017, and 67% approved of Obama when he took office in 2009, Bedard said.
Both Trump’s and Obama’s initial approval ratings were some of their highest, and approval tended to go down the longer they were in office. With less than half of respondents giving Biden a thumbs-up last week, it’s a trend that doesn’t bode well for the new president.
Biden off to a rough start
Breaking down Biden’s numbers, Biden is actually underwater with both women and white Americans in the poll, Bedard notes. At 48%, more women disapproved of Biden than approved, at just 46%. Meanwhile, 51% of white respondents disapproved of Biden, while just 43% approved.
Overall, 38% of respondents strongly disapproved of Biden, while 36% strongly approved, giving him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -2% upon entering office, according to Rasmussen — not a great accomplishment.
In other polling by Rassmussen, voters opposed Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit and, by a 2-to-1 margin, wanted leaders to stop the migrant caravan that was headed to the U.S. from Honduras.
Biden’s key goals for his first day in office seemed to be to undo as much of the Trump agenda as possible, including executive orders related to climate change and immigration, among other left-wing priorities. But voters don’t seem to be responding particularly well to it all.
Trump ends on a higher note
Trump, for his part, saw a rise in approval rating during his last few days in office, with supporters likely feeling protective of the embattled leader as Democrats and even some establishment Republicans sought to blame him for a riot at the Capitol and impeach him a second time without hearing any testimony.
Trump’s final approval rating was 51% as he left the Oval Office, with 48% saying they disapproved of him, according to Newsweek.
Of course, it’s easier to like someone who won’t be around any longer than someone you know you now have to deal with for the next four years.
Still, Biden is not proving to be as popular a president as some would like to think. Only time will tell if that proves to be a problem for him as he seeks to push through his liberal agenda.