President Biden’s approval rating has fallen to 49.3 percent in the FiveThirtyEight average of polls, the first time Biden has dipped below a 50 percent approval rating since entering office.
The president’s FiveThirtyEight average approval declined to 49.3%, while his disapproval rating sits at 44.2%. Biden, whose presidency has largely been defined by his efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, has seen his numbers slip with the emergence of the Delta variant. There has been a gradual decline in Biden’s numbers in the FiveThirtyEight average – on February 22, shortly after taking office, his approval rating was at 54.7%, with 38.1% disapproving.
As recently as July 26, Biden’s FiveThirtyEight approval average was 52.7%, with an average of 42.7% of respondents disapproving. A FiveThirtyEight analysis also pointed out that the president’s approval had been slipping among independent voters – an important part of his 2020 electoral coalition.
Biden’s approval rating on Monday slipped below 50% for the first time in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. It now sits at 49.4%, wth 47.2% disapproving of the president’s performance. That same day, Reuters/Ipsos released a poll showing that Biden’s national approval rating had slipped to 46%, a notable dip from the president’s 53% approval rating in its Friday polling.
A source close to the White House told Mediaite that “The American people support the president and his agenda, including his plans to create millions of middle-class jobs, take on prescription drug prices, and his decision not to surge thousands more American service members into harm’s way in Afghanistan to stop a coming offensive.”