Biden's Approval Ratings Keep Getting Lower

Quinnipiac's latest numbers give him 38% overall
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2021 3:21 PM CDT
Updated Oct 7, 2021 9:25 AM CDT
Independents Send Biden's Approval Rating Way Down
President Biden attends a virtual COVID-19 summit during the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 22, 2021, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Update: President Biden's approval rating as released by Gallup in September wasn't so hot, and now Quinnipiac University is out with even worse numbers. It puts Biden's approval rating at 38%, down 4 points from mid-September. As with Gallup, USA Today reports independents are among the drivers of the decrease. His approval rating is about 80% among Democrats, but just 32% among independents. Republicans clock in at 4%. Our original story from Sept. 22 follows:

For the first time since he took office, a majority of Americans disapprove of President Biden's performance, at least according to the latest Gallup numbers. The poll conducted Sept. 1 to 17 found 53% put themselves in the disapprove category; his approval rating stands at 43%. It's a decrease of 6 percentage points in one month, reports Fox News, which says independents' view fueled the drop: They've gone from a 61% approval rating at the start of his presidency to 37%. President Trump's September approval rating among independents was lower at 31%, but those of Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton were all in the mid- to low-40s.

The Hill notes that while Biden's approval rating among Democrats did hit a new low, it still clocked in at 90%. Republicans occupied the opposite end of the spectrum, with only 6% saying they approved of his job performance. The two groups' highest levels during the Biden presidency have been 98% and 12%, respectively. Some context from Gallup: "Biden's recent slides in approval put him in the company of Trump and Bill Clinton, whose ratings were at or below Biden's current 43% at some point in the first eight months of their presidencies." (More President Biden stories.)

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