Poll finds Biden’s fifth quarter approval rating is one of the worst ever

President Joe Biden’s fifth quarter in office was historically bad.

A new poll from Gallup indicates that Biden’s fifth quarter approval rating was one of the worst on record in the post-World War II era. 

Gallup reports: “During Joe Biden’s fifth quarter in office, which began on January 20 and ended on April 19, an average of 41.3% of U.S. adults approved of the job he was doing as president.”

All of the polls that were taken during this period had Biden’s approval rating somewhere between 40% and 43%. And, it was the same story during Biden’s fourth quarter, which means, in other words, that Biden has been consistently bad.

Second worst ever

Gallup goes on to put Biden’s fifth quarter results into perspective. It turns out that Biden’s fifth quarter was the second-worst on record in terms of presidential approval ratings.

“From a historical perspective, Biden’s fifth quarter average is lower than that of any prior elected president, except Donald Trump,” Gallup reports. “Trump averaged 39.1% during his fifth quarter.”

Gallup notes that other presidents who also had less than majority support in their fifth quarters include Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama. All three, though, were much closer to 50%.

Short term uptick unlikely

Gallup goes on to give Biden the bad news that “job approval ratings usually don’t improve before midterm elections.”

Gallup further adds that Biden’s low approval rating is a “significant threat to the Democratic Party’s chances” in the midterms because, “typically, unpopular presidents’ parties have lost seats in midterm elections, with the number of seats lost usually much higher for presidents with job approval ratings below 50%.”

Looking ahead

Gallup’s polls are in line with several others that have been taken in recent months. Biden’s average approval rating, according to Real Clear Politics, sits at 40.8%, which puts him underwater by 13 points.

Republicans only need to net five seats to take the House and one seat to take the Senate. Generic ballots have Republicans ahead on average by 3.5 points. All signs are pointing to a big Republican victory in November.

So, the story here is that the president who received the most popular votes in history is now so unpopular that he is likely to cost his party congressional seats — and, more importantly, Congress — in the upcoming midterm elections.

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