Inside Biden’s Sinking Ship

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Biden quipped earlier in the month that he no longer pays attention to his polling results.

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Biden Doesn’t Seem to Care

Biden joked to “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon during an interview that he kept track of his approval numbers earlier in his administration, “but since they’ve been in the 40s, I don’t pay close attention.”


All jokes aside, it would be reasonable if the president shunned regularly monitoring his poll ratings, which have fallen for five months in a row.

During his first six months in the White House, Biden’s approval numbers were in the low to mid-50s. However, the president’s popularity began to dwindle in August, following his widely panned handling of the tumultuous US pullout from Afghanistan and a spike in COVID-19 cases this summer.

The president’s support rating has plummeted, owing to a rise in consumer prices over the summer and, to a lesser extent, an increase of migrants attempting to enter the United States along the southern border this year.

Biden’s approval rating has dropped below 40% in two well-known nationwide polls conducted by ABC News/Washington Post, as well as Quinnipiac University, by November.

One of the most recent surveys shows a modest increase. In the most recent Fox Business poll, Biden had 47 percent approval and 51 percent disapproval.

He had 48 percent – 52 percent in the most current CNN poll, and 48 percent – 46 percent in a Reuters/Ipsos poll. However, as he nears the end of his first year in the White House, his average isn’t exactly stellar.


Biden was at 44 percent-53 percent in an average of recent polls published by Real Clear Politics, and 43 percent-51 percent in a FiveThirtyEight survey, just before the Christmas and New Year’s winter vacation.

The Polls are Consistently Low

When you get past the top scores in recent surveys, there’s still reason to be concerned. Biden’s approval ratings on most major topics are likewise low; he’s also losing support from crucial voter blocs.

Biden’s “total collapse in popularity is with Independent voters, which were the foundation of his victory in 2020,” as well as “the breakdown among Hispanic voters,” according to Tony Fabrizio, a senior Republican researcher.

The approval numbers of a president are a critical indicator of his or her political strength and ability to get things done in DC.


Biden’s low approval ratings aren’t helping the president pass crucial aspects of his plan, like his party’s massive human development and climate change spending package, as well as Democrats’ broad elections reform bill.

The president’s approval numbers have long been a closely studied indication in the run-up to midterm elections; Biden’s dwindling ratings could portend trouble for the Democrats, as they try to hold on to their knife-edge House and Senate majorities in the 2022 elections.