(USA Features) President Joe Biden’s approval rating in a new survey has fallen to its lowest point since he took office in January.
According to Gallup, Biden’s approval has dropped to 50% after ranging from 54-57% for most of his six months in office.
“While 50 percent of those surveyed indicated that they approve of the way the president is handling his job, 45 percent disapproved and 5 percent lacked an opinion on the matter, according to Gallup,” The Blaze reported, citing the survey.
The previous high for Biden’s disapproval stood at 42%, The Blaze noted.
Not surprisingly, Biden’s rating among Democrats is very high — reaching 90% — while only about 12% of Republicans give him favorable marks and just 48% of independents do.
“His ratings among Democrats and independents are the lowest to date among those groups. The new poll marks the first time he has less-than majority approval among independents,” according to Gallup.
“Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted July 6-21, 2021, with a random sample of 1,007 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia,” the organization noted.
“For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.”
Biden’s tumbling approval rating comes as Americans across the economic spectrum have been hit with higher prices for just about everything they consume, though the cost of some items like lumber and automobiles have fallen in recent weeks.
But housing, food, and energy prices are all up and in some cases by double digits over prices just a year ago amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Crime is also a rising concern among Americans, especially in Democratic cities like Washington, D.C., New York City, St. Louis, and Los Angeles.
“Evolving circumstances around the nation also play a role,” the Washington Times reported.
“While there have been positive developments in the economy and the stock market, consumers are paying higher prices while health officials fret over falling COVID-19 vaccination rates and rising case levels. The president also has ‘struggled’ to produce greater bipartisanship,” the paper continued, citing the Gallup polling analysis.
“Biden’s second-quarter average compares favorably with those of presidents from the past three decades,” Gallup reported.
“It is significantly better than the second-quarter averages for Bill Clinton (44.0%) and Donald Trump (38.8%) and slightly lower than George W. Bush’s 55.8% average,” the polling firm added.
“Barack Obama, at 62.0%, is the only other president during this period to have a significantly higher second-quarter average than Biden,” Gallup noted.
Trump’s second quarter, first-term approval rating has been disputed for years, with Republicans and many of his conservative supporters pointing out that just a few months earlier he won several battleground states that had gone for Democrats for a number of previous election cycles.
“Biden‘s approval rating is showing the first signs of meaningful decline,” the polling analysis continued.
“If the lower ratings persist, it could indicate his ‘honeymoon’ period is over. Because Republicans have been unlikely to support him from the beginning of his presidency, changes in his approval are likely to come from Democrats’ and independents’ evaluations of him,” it added.
“That is what has occurred now, with both groups slightly less positive toward Biden than they have been to this point.”