Only a third of Americans give Biden a thumbs-up in new national poll

Posted 11 days ago


President Biden's plummeting standing with Americans remains firmly in negative territory as the new year gets underway.

The president’s approval rating stands at just 33% and disapproval at 53% among Americans in a Quinnipiac University national poll conducted Jan. 7-10 and released Wednesday. Biden’s approval is down three points from Quinnipiac’s previous survey, which was conducted in November, with disapproval remaining unchanged.

An average of all the most recent national polls to measure the president’s standing conducted by the polling website FiveThirtyEightt puts Biden at 42% approval and 52% disapproval.

According to the Quinnipiac poll, the president is deeply underwater on his handling of three top issues – the economy (34%), foreign policy (35%) and the coronavirus pandemic (39%).

Biden’s approval rating hovered in the low- to mid-50s during his first six months in the White House. But the president’s numbers started sagging in August in the wake of Biden's much-criticized handling of the turbulent U. S. exit from Afghanistan and following a surge in COVID-19 cases this summer among mainly unvaccinated people.

The plunge in the president's approval was also fueled by the surge since the summer in consumer prices and, to a lesser degree, the surge this year of migrants trying to cross into the U. S. along the southern border with Mexico.

As the president marks his first year in the White House, half of those surveyed in the Quinnipiac poll said Biden is doing about what they expected, with 39% saying he’s doing worse than expected and 7% saying he’s doing a better job than expected. Forty-nine percent said the president is doing more to divide the country, with 42% saying he is doing more to... (Read more)