The survey, released on Wednesday, indicates that the deterioration in the president’s numbers is being fueled by a plunge in approval among independents. At this point in his presidency, Biden’s approval is lower than any of his most recent predecessors, except for then-President Trump.
Biden stands at 43% approval and 53% disapproval in the poll, which was conducted Sept. 1-17, down from a 49%-48% approval/disapproval rating in Gallup's Aug. 2-17 survey. The president stood at 56%-42% in Gallup’s June poll.
The president's flagging numbers come in the wake of Biden's scrutinized handling of the turbulent U.S. exit from Afghanistan. It also comes amid a surge in COVID cases among mainly unvaccinated people due to the spread of the highly infectious delta variant, as the nation struggles to combat the coronavirus.
"Independents have shown the greatest variation in their opinions of how Biden is doing. Biden's current 37% approval rating among independents is his lowest to date and 24 points below his personal high of 61%. Two-thirds of Biden's slide among independents since he took office has occurred in the past three months," Gallup pointed out in a release.
While the president’s overall approval rating of 43% is higher than Trump’s 37% approval, Biden trails behind other recent predecessors.
President Barack Obama stood at 52% in Gallup polling in September of 2009, and Bill Clinton registered 47% support at this point in 1993. George W. Bush stood at 52% approval, according to Gallup at the beginning of September 2001, but his numbers shot up to 90% later that month, in the wake of the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Biden is at 42%-50% approval/disapproval in a national poll from Quinnipiac University, which was conducted Sept. 10-13.
But the president was treading water, at 50% approval and 49% disapproval, in a Fox News national poll conducted on Sept. 12-15 and released on Sunday. Biden stood at 53%-46% in the previous Fox News poll, which was conducted in early August.
The presidential approval rating has long been a much watched barometer of a president's clout and how well his party may perform in the ensuing midterm elections. Democrats will be defending their razor-thin majorities in the House and Senate in next year's midterms.
Gallup highlighted that the bottom line from their latest survey is that "Biden's latest approval rating further cements the fact that the honeymoon phase of his presidency is behind him. Political independents, who were part of the coalition that helped him defeat Trump in 2020, now largely disapprove of the job he is doing as president."