President Joe Biden finally did it. The lackluster leader’s approval rating has fallen below every president of the modern era at this stage of their term.
Citing approval polling dating back to Harry S. Truman in 1945, FiveThirtyEight said that no president has been below, or even equal to, Biden’s average of 40.9% on Day 490 of their presidency.
Former Presidents Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, and Gerald Ford had lower average approval ratings at some stage early in their presidencies, but Biden has caught up, and today’s average was the first for which he was below all presidents since Truman, a potentially troubling trend as Democrats ready for the midterm elections.
Biden's net approval dips to lowest of presidency: @FiveThirtyEight— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) May 25, 2022
Joe Biden is now the Least Popular President (net approval) at this point in office
Biden's net approval is 4 points lower than Trump's at this time in office pic.twitter.com/CurB7eAKpC
Also today, Reuters pollster Ipsos pegged Biden’s approval rating at just 36%, his worst yet.
“Only 10% of Republicans and 28% of independents approve of President Biden, while 72% of Democrats still do. However, among Democrats Biden has seen a 10 point drop from two weeks ago when 82% approved of him, a driving factor for his lower overall approval rating,” said the Ipsos analysis.
Likely driving voters away from Biden is his inaction on inflation, high gas prices, and the crashing stock market.
BIDEN FALLS TO 36% APPROVAL. Reuters. https://t.co/JhS4yII4Nh— PollWatch (@PollWatch2020) May 24, 2022
Ipsos said, for example, that a massive 70% believe the country is on the wrong track.
“Seven in 10 (70%) Americans believe things in this country are off on the wrong track, while only one-fifth (20%) of Americans believe they are headed in the right direction. This represents a six point drop from two weeks ago when 26% of Americans thought they were headed in the right direction. The overwhelming majority of Republicans (90%) and independents (70%) believe things are off on the wrong track, a sentiment that nearly half of Democrats (49%) agree with,” said the pollster.
Of course, it is just one day in a long four years, but Biden has been on a steady fall since about the halfway mark of his presidency to date. The Ipsos data showed that Biden’s disapproval rating today of 59% is nearly equal to his initial 60% approval when he first entered office.
FiveThirtyEight’s list of presidential approval at day 490:
- Joe Biden 40.9%
- Donald Trump 42.7%
- Barack Obama 48%
- George W. Bush 72%
- Bill Clinton 50.9%
- George H.W. Bush 65%
- Ronald Reagan 45%
- Jimmy Carter 43.1%
- Gerald Ford 44.2%
- Richard Nixon 57.1%
- Lyndon B. Johnson 68.7%
- John F. Kennedy 74%
- Dwight Eisenhower 61.3%
- Harry S. Truman 43.1%
An updating calculation of President Biden's approval rating: https://t.co/90sGuKyBnP— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) May 25, 2022