Americans like Biden but don’t think he’s a ‘strong and decisive’ president: Gallup poll

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Americans like Biden but don't think he's a 'strong and decisive' president: Gallup poll

Americans like Joe Biden as a person, but not as a president, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

Roughly six in 10 Americans consider the commander-in-chief “likable” and “intelligent” but more than half question his ability to manage the government and his capability as a “strong and decisive leader,” the Gallup survey found.

According to the poll, which puts Biden’s overall favorability rating at 40 percent, 60 percent of respondents see Biden as “likable” and 59 percent consider him “intelligent.”

However, only 37 percent view the president as a “strong and decisive leader,” and 38 percent say he’s able to “manage the government effectively” — a 14 percentage-point drop from when the same question was asked in September 2020.

Forty-eight percent of Americans say Biden “cares about the needs of people like you,” 45 percent call him “honest and trustworthy,” and just 43 percent say he “displays good judgment in a crisis.”

In his first year in the White House, Biden has been confronted with a number of crises despite promising to deliver competence on the 2020 campaign trail — the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a sputtering economy and high inflation, a chaotic military withdrawal from Afghanistan, a surge of illegal immigrants at the southern border, and a stalled legislative agenda. 

Americans like Joe Biden as a person, but not as a president, according to a new poll released Tuesday.
Sixty percent of respondents see Biden as “likable” and 59 percent consider him “intelligent.”
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The president’s 37 percent rating as a decisive leader significantly trails the averages of his three immediate predecessors in the White House: Donald Trump (54 percent), Barack Obama (56 percent) and George W. Bush (63 percent).

The rating of Biden’s ability to manage the government is also lower than the averages for Trump (42 percent), Obama (49 percent) and Bush (60 percent). Most notably, the percentage of Democrats who describe Biden as an effective manager dropped to 75 percent from 94 percent in September 2020.

The downward turn in views of Biden’s skillset is even steeper among independent voters, only 30 percent of whom see the president as a “decisive leader,” compared to 45 percent in 2020.

In 2020, 53 percent of independents said Biden could manage the government “effectively.” Now, only 32 percent say that. 

Just 38 percent of independents say Biden is “honest” and shows “good judgment in a crisis” (down from 54 percent and 50 percent, respectively, in 2020) while 43 percent agree that he “cares about the needs of people like you” (down from 55 percent in 2020).

President Joe Biden
Biden has dealt with the coronavirus pandemic, a sputtering economy and high inflation, and a chaotic military withdrawal from Afghanistan in his first year in office.
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Republicans’ views of the president range from a high of 28 percent for being likable to lows of 7 percent on questions of good judgment, effectively managing the government and being a strong leader.

The poll surveyed 811 American adults between Jan. 3 and 16 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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