According to a new report from JusttheNews, President Biden’s approval numbers now have trended towards decline as of late.
Republican pollster Jim McLaughlin said “It’s not a good sign for Joe Biden. What we’re seeing right now are approval numbers in the low 50s … and the intensity level is only about 32% of people say they strongly approve of the job he is doing.”
According to the firm’s May survey, Biden’s approval numbers are trending down. Perhaps more importantly, his disapproval numbers are rising sharply.
In the Real Clear Politics average, Biden’s approval rating has drifted down to 52.3% as of June 22, which equals his previous low as president. Meanwhile, his current disapproval average has spiked to 43.6%, just shy of his previous high, and up from 36% at the close of his first week in the White House. (One caveat: The majority of the polls factored into his latest averages do not reflect his recent performance in Europe.)
During a Monday appearance on “Just the News AM,” McLaughlin repeatedly cited “upside down” support among independents as a particularly ominous sign for the future of the Biden presidency’s popular standing. The president is now underwater among these crucial swing voters, with 47% approving and 51% disapproving. Just 44% of independent voters believe the country is headed in the “right direction,” which McLaughlin says is likely a bellwether for 2022 voting patterns.
Pollster Scott Rasmussen speculated what’s hurting Biden is that “he’s losing enthusiasm from within his own party.”
“Opinion about Biden has always been soft,” he added, but did not pinpoint any one specific event or policy leading to Biden’s decline.
“I think this is more of a natural tendency of the way the electorate works,” Rasmussen told Just the News. “It’s not going to be about one thing he said in Europe.”