Joe Biden’s approval ratings through the first six quarters of his presidency have fallen to the lowest level of any president on record, according to one top pollster.
Biden’s approval rating sunk to just 38% in a new Gallup survey of more than 1,000 adults, conducted between July 5-26. That number is the lowest approval of his presidency so far in Gallup’s polling. The firm also reported that Biden’s average approval rating over the first year and a half of his presidency is the lowest of any president in the poll’s 74-year history.
According to Gallup, Biden’s approval currently sits at 38%, with 59% disapproval, a record high disapproval. Furthermore, respondents had much stronger negative feelings than positive: 45% of respondents said they strongly disapproved of Biden’s presidency, compared to just 14% who moderately disapproved. Meanwhile, just 13% of respondents strongly approved of Biden, while 25% approved only moderately.
Biden also earned the lowest approval ratings of his presidency among independents, and even among his own party. Just 31% of independents approved of Biden’s presidency — a new low — while 63% disapproved. Among Democrats, Biden maintained a 78% approval rating, while 19% disapproved of him; however, that number tied the previous record-low among Democrats, a record he set in December. Just 5% of Republicans approved of Biden, while fully 95% disapproved.
“No president elected to his first term has had a lower sixth-quarter average than Biden,” Gallup noted, “although Jimmy Carter’s and Donald Trump’s ratings were only slightly better, at 42%. Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan also averaged below majority approval.”
George W. Bush’s sixth-quarter approval was the highest on record, at 75%, followed by John F. Kennedy’s, at 71%; Eisenhower and George H.W. Bush were tied at 65%; Richard Nixon was the only other President with a net-positive approval through the first 18 months of his presidency, with a 58% sixth-quarter approval rating.
History suggests Biden will not see a rebound in his approval in the seventh quarter of his presidency, which runs from July 20 to October 19.
“To date, only one elected president — George H.W. Bush — has seen meaningful improvement in his seventh quarter,” Gallup reported. That boost in support came from Bush condemning the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, which eventually resulted in the outbreak of the Gulf War in 1991.
Gallup’s polling comes just days after Biden’s average approval ratings sunk to the lowest of his Presidency, according to major polling aggregators.
Biden sunk to a record low of just 36.8% approval, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polling; his average also hit a record low of 37.5% in FiveThirtyEight‘s polling aggregate data. Biden’s approval was dragged down by a New York Times/Siena College poll and a Quinnipiac poll, both of which had Biden at just 33% approval, and a number of other polls that had his approval in the mid-30s. Biden’s approval has since rebounded: he currently sits at a 38.9% average approval in RealClearPolitics’s poll of polls; his average sits at 39.9%, according to FiveThirtyEight.