Perspectives: President Joe Biden's Falling Poll Numbers

Headline Roundup October 12th, 2021

President Joe Biden's approval ratings are falling, according to several national polls conducted over the past week.  The FiveThirtyEight polling average says an aggregate of 49.2% of voters disapprove of Biden's presidency, while 44.5% approve.  Polls suggest that support for Biden has declined in particular among key Democratic constituencies, including Latinos, black people, women and young people; some also suggest the drop is due to the disorderly U.S. exit from Afghanistan and from the rise of the COVID-19 delta variant.

Media from the right, left and center shared perspectives on the decline in Biden's approval rating, with many suggesting that despite the fact that attention on Afghanistan is fading and COVID-19 cases are falling, Biden's approval ratings haven't recovered.

From the Right
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ANALYSIS

President Joe Biden’s honeymoon period came to an end this summer, due, in part, to the rise of the delta variant and a chaotic U.S. exit from Afghanistan. But even as new reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations fall and attention on Afghanistan fades, his approval rating hasn’t bounced back.

Though Biden was popular during his early months in office, in July, his approval rating began to take a dip. In late August, his disapproval rating overtook his approval rating for the first time, and he hasn’t recovered.

Currently, Biden has a 49.2%...

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From the Center
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Americans are voicing their disapproval of President Joe Biden, nearly nine months after he took office.

In a string of national polls in the last week, an aggregate of 49.2% of voters surveyed disapproved of Biden’s handling of the presidency, while 44.5% approved, according to the FiveThirtyEight polling site. Five of the recent polls registered disapproval of the country’s 46th president at the RealClearPolitics site, with three favorable.

Analysts say the drop in Biden’s standing has been particularly precipitous among independent voters who helped him win the White House last...

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From the Left
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W. Mondale Robinson spent a large chunk of last fall in clubs and bars and concert venues in Georgia, trying to convince disenchanted Black men that casting a ballot — in the 2020 general election, then the Georgia runoffs for the U.S. Senate — could finally mean real change in their communities.

But Robinson, founder of the Black Male Voter Project, thinks the case would be a lot harder to make now. He remembers the exact moment his optimism that President Biden would be different began to fade: when Democrats in...

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