President Joe Biden’s approval rating is 10 points behind President Barack Obama’s at this point in Obama’s presidency, as Biden’s numbers have been battered by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, among other issues.
The Real Clear Politics polling average for Obama on October, 11 2009 stood at 53 per cent approval and 40 per cent disapproval, while Biden currently stands at 43 per cent approval and 52.3 per cent disapproval.
A new Axios/Ipsos poll released Tuesday found that Americans are getting more pessimistic about the pandemic, and losing trust in Biden at the same time.
President Joe Biden’s approval rating is 10 points behind former President Barack Obama’s during the same time in Obama’s presidency
The poll found that currently 42 per cent of Americans surveyed trusted Biden a great deal or a fair amount on COVID-19.
That number, however, represents a seven per cent drop from last month and a 10 per cent drop from six months ago.
It was 16 points higher when Biden was sworn-in in January.
Biden is also losing ground among members of his own party.
While 81 per cent of Democrats surveyed said they trusted Biden a fair amount, only one in three said they trusted the Democratic president ‘a great deal.’
In June 45 per cent of Democrats said they trusted Biden on COVID-19 ‘a great deal.’
Generally, Americans believed returning to their ‘normal, pre-COVID life,’ is getting farther away, the Axios/Ipsos poll found.
Thirty per cent surveyed said it would take more than a year for ‘normal’ life to return.
This number has more than tripled since June, when 9 per cent felt the same way.
Another 24 per cent of respondents predicted ‘normal’ would return between six months and a year from now.
That number is up from 19 per cent in June.
Obama was sworn into office on the heels of the 2008 financial crash and spent his early months bolstering the U.S. economy.
Both Obama and Biden enjoyed higher poll numbers at the beginning of their administration than former President Donald Trump.
Biden entered office with 55.5 per cent approval, while Obama’s first week saw poll numbers at 63.3 per cent.
Trump, on the other hand, had a Real Clear Politics polling average his first week in office of 43.8 per cent approval.
After Trump’s first week, his disapproval numbers were higher than his approval numbers for his whole term in office.
On October 11, 2017 Trump had an approval rating of 38.7 per cent and a disapproval rating of 55.4 per cent.