President Joe Biden’s first month in the Oval Office probably didn’t go as smoothly as his team had envisioned — and it’s showing in the polls.
The American people aren’t overly thrilled with Biden’s job performance thus far, and a recent survey shows that the current president’s approval rating has fallen below that of President Donald Trump at the same point in his own White House tenure, Breitbart reports.
According to Rasmussen Reports, Biden had an approval rating of 50% at the end of February, his first full month in office. Biden’s disapproval rating at the end of his first full month as president stood at 47%, Breitbart reported.
By comparison, the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll showed Trump with an approval rating of 51% on March 1, 2017, with 49% disapproving.
In fact, comparatively speaking, Trump outperformed Biden throughout nearly the entirety of February as president, according to Rasmussen, aside from when the two were tied at 53% approval on Feb. 15.
The daily tracking poll also showed that while Biden may have his head just slightly above water in terms of his overall approval rating, that isn’t the case when looking only at those with “strong” views one way or another.
According to Rasmussen, Biden currently has an approval index rating of -7 points, the difference between the 33% who “strongly approve” of his performance and the 40% who “strongly disapprove” of what they’ve seen thus far.
Notably, other pollsters have pegged Biden’s approval at a slightly higher number than Rasmussen has reported. According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Biden is currently sitting at an approval rating of 55.4%, compared to a 39.8% disapproval rating.
RealClearPolitics showed that Trump had an average approval of 45% and disapproval of 49% at this same point in early March 2017.
Biden’s unpopular executive actions
As for Biden’s low numbers in Rasmussen’s polling, a separate report from Breitbart speculated that it may have had something to do with all the executive orders Biden has signed since being inaugurated in late January.
According to a Harvard–Harris poll of 1,778 registered voters between Feb. 23 and Feb. 25, among Biden’s least popular actions thus far was his decision to cut down on the deportation of undocumented immigrants with criminal records.
His most unpopular decision so far, however, was canceling the permit authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a move that was reported to have cost hundreds of American jobs, if not more.