President Joe Biden's recent job approval rating fell to 50%; is down six percentage points from June (56%).
According to Gallup, "Before this month, [Biden's] ratings had not shown meaningful variation during his time in office, and the current figure marks the lowest measured for him to date."
In the Gallup poll, 45% of U.S. adults disapproved of Biden's performance.
Biden's drop in popularity comes as gas, groceries, and prices of many consumer goods are spiking. There is also widespread confusion about coronavirus and the government's approach to combatting it, with safety concerns and warnings surrounding the Covid-19 vaccines, and evidence the vaccines are not providing long-term effectiveness.
Also according to Gallup:
- The roughly three-percentage-point drop in Biden's average approval rating between his first and second quarters is typical for recent presidents. It essentially matches the change for Trump and George W. Bush, and is slightly more than the one-point decline in Obama's average. Clinton's approval rating declined nearly 11 points between his first and second quarters.
- Average approval for presidents before Clinton mostly held steady between their first and second quarters. The two major exceptions are Carter, whose average approval declined nearly six points, and George H.W. Bush, whose average increased nearly seven points.
Gallup says that the shift in Biden's popularity has primarily come from Democrats' and independents' evaluations of him. Both groups are "slightly less positive toward Biden than they have been to this point." Still, Gallup reports, Biden "maintains very high approval among Democrats, and his rating among independents remains higher than his immediate predecessor Trump ever received from that group."
Rasmussen Reports rates Biden's popularity the same as Gallup does: 50%. At the same point in Trump's presidency, he garnered a 43% popularity rating as he battled the widespread propaganda campaign falsely accusing him of being a Russian agent.