In a challenging political landscape, current polling data places President Joe Biden’s approval ratings at a historic low for a president seeking re-election at the comparable juncture in their presidency. The latest figures from Gallup indicate a 39% approval rating for Biden, showing a minor recovery from a previous 37%. This marks the fifth occasion during Biden’s tenure that his rating has fallen below the 40% threshold.
Comparatively, Biden’s predecessors at the same stage in their first terms experienced higher levels of public support. For instance, Donald Trump had secured a 45% approval rating, while Barack Obama maintained a 43% rating. Going further back, every president since Jimmy Carter enjoyed approval ratings above the 50% mark, with George W. Bush experiencing a peak approval of 58%.
This decline in approval has reportedly been a source of vexation for both President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. A report from The Washington Post reveals Biden’s candid frustration following a traditional turkey pardoning event at the White House. The president expressed concern over the ineffectiveness of his administration’s economic messaging, despite favorable economic growth and declining unemployment rates.
The Bidens’ discontent with the president’s polling performance has been persistent, as noted by the report. It highlights the couple’s ongoing frustration with the president’s lagging approval ratings and the potential implications for a 2024 electoral matchup against Donald Trump. The Biden administration is reportedly seeking strategies to bolster the president’s public standing and address the concerns reflected in the polling data.