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Joe Biden’s Job Approval Hovers at All-Time Low in RealClearPolitics Average

Mediaite logo Mediaite 10/20/2021 Rudy Takala
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Pollsters have reached a general consensus that President Joe Biden’s approval rating is hovering at an all-time low, according to survey averages maintained by RealClearPolitics.

The gap between the number of Americans who approve versus disapprove of Biden’s performance reached a record on Oct. 11, according to RCP, when the number who disapproved — 52.3 percent — exceeded the number who approved — 43.2 percent — by an average of 9.5 points. The president’s gap in approval briefly declined to 8.2 percent later in the week before widening, once more, to 8.9 percent, where it stood as of Wednesday.

The RCP average is derived from a broad cross-section of polls — from Quinnipiac, which often favors Democrats, to Rasmussen, which usually leans to the right. Grinnell University was the pollster to find the most significant gap in approval for Biden, at -11 points. Reuters/Ipsos gave him the best favorable rating (46 points), while Politico/Morning Consult gave him the highest unfavorable rating (52 percent).

Pollsters at CNN gave Biden the highest marks for the month to date. The network found 50 percent of respondents saying they approved of his performance, tied with 50 percent who said they disapproved.

Biden’s approval rating took a southbound turn in August, when the disastrous American withdrawal from Afghanistan concluded after the deaths of 13 U.S. service members. RCP’s average found Biden holding a +7.8 advantage at the start of that month. The numbers shifted by more than 11 points by Sept. 1, when Biden held an unfavorable gap of -3.2 percent. The gap became slightly worse as of Oct. 1, when widening to -4 percent.

The low on Oct. 11 came after abysmal economic reports in September and October found job creation falling significantly behind economists’ expectations, and amid Biden’s effort to cajole Congress into raising the debt ceiling while signing off on trillion-dollar spending plans.

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