Biden's Approval Rating Continues Downward Trend

Headline Roundup October 26th, 2021

President Joe Biden's approval rating has dropped to 43%, down from a high of 55% in March, according to FiveThirtyEight's (Center bias) most recent polling.

As of October 19, Gallup's (Center bias) public opinion poll had Biden's approval rate at 42%. The dip occurred amid a slowdown in the job market due to the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain problems, the struggle to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies from Afghanistan, and a holdup of Biden's domestic agenda in Congress. The polls suggest that Democrats and independents are driving the declining economic confidence, giving Republicans some momentum heading into the 2022 midterm elections.  Democrats hope that passing the core parts of Biden's Build Back Better agenda will appeal to voters next November.

Media across the spectrum reported on the approval rating. Right-rated outlets highlighted it more prominently, and generally framed Biden in a more negative light than left- and center-rated outlets did. Updated 10/25/21 at 2:35 p.m. for spelling corrections and added detail.

From the Right
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Joe Biden, Approval Rating

President Biden’s popularity is maintaining its downward trend, as an average of recent polls by FiveThirtyEight finds that his approval rating hit a new low of 43.4 percent as of Friday, from a high of 55 percent in March. 

At the same time, the president’s disapproval rating hit new heights, reaching 50.7 percent, from 36 percent in January. 

Biden’s approval rating dipped under 50 percent in August as his administration ​faced rising coronavirus numbers, struggled to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies from Afghanistan after a chaotic pullout that left 13 service members dead,...

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From the Center
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Confidence in President Biden's ability to rescue the economy from COVID-19 has dropped since January, even as Americans' faith rises in his ability to make the vaccine widely accessible, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Why it matters: It's Democrats and independents driving the declining economic confidence, from 52% of all U.S. adults at the start of his presidency to 44% now. Their softening faith could hinder Biden's ability to lead and hurt Democrats' position heading into the 2022 midterms.

In another ominous sign, barely two in 10...

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From the Left
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Roughly nine months into his presidency, Joe Biden is on the verge of writing his name into the history books -- and not in a good way.

The latest polling from Gallup pegs the President's approval at just 42%, the lowest of his term to date and the second lowest of any president Gallup has measured at this moment in their presidency over the last almost five decades.

Here's a look at Biden's approval in comparison to his predecessors in Gallup polling (all of this data comes courtesy of the terrific Gallup Presidential...

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