President Joe Biden’s job approval currently sits 10 points lower than his predecessor and former White House colleague Barack Obama’s during the same point in his presidency in 2009.
According to approval ratings averages calculated by RealClearPolitics (RCP), Obama’s approval rating on Oct. 11 during his first year in office sat at 53 percent with a disapproval rating of 40 percent.
During all of Obama’s eight years as president, Biden worked as his vice president.
It has been over 12 years since the two started their time in the White House, and Biden is now sitting at a RCP average approval rating of 43 percent with a disapproval rating of 52.3 percent.
The averages calculated by RCP are pulled from a variety of polls including ones done by Fox News, Gallup, Reuters/Ipsos, Rasmussen and Monmouth.
Biden’s approval rating has been steadily dropping since he took office in January as his administration has attempted to manage a variety of blunders from the chaotic troop withdrawal from Afghanistan to the record smashing surge in illegal immigrants crossing the southern border.
A Quinnipiac University poll released last Wednesday showed only 38 percent of Americans approve of the job Biden is doing, far below the average calculated by RCP.
“Battered on trust, doubted on leadership, and challenged on overall competency, President Biden is being hammered on all sides as his approval rating continues its downward slide to a number not seen since the tough scrutiny of the Trump administration,” Quinnipiac polling analyst Tim Malloy said in a statement summarizing the devastating findings.
The poll found the president’s approval dropping in multiple areas. Approval of the president’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which Quinnipiac put at 65 percent in late May, was down to 48 percent, while approval of Biden’s handling of the pandemic rose to 50 percent from 30 percent in late May.
As his approval continues to slide, another one of Biden’s predecessors — former President Donald Trump — has seen his approval rating rising, overtaking Biden by approximately 2 percentage points.
Forty-eight percent of American voters were found to have a positive view of Trump, while only 46 percent said they have a positive view of Biden, according to a Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey conducted last month.
On the disapproval side, the survey still found Trump slightly on top, with 47 percent saying they had a negative view of the former president while 49 percent disapproved of Biden.
Fifty-one percent of the 1,578 respondents said Trump was a better president than Biden. Only 49 percent said they preferred Biden over Trump.