Joe Biden’s Approval Rating Dips Below 40 Percent, According to RCP Poll

According to the latest RealClearPolitics (RCP) average of national polls, President Joe Biden’s job approval rating has dropped below 40 percent for the first time since July 2022. The RCP average currently places Biden’s approval rating at 39.9 percent, with his disapproval rating at 56.6 percent, making him 16.7 points “underwater.”

Biden’s approval rating has struggled to recover following his handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan in the summer of 2021, a move that was widely criticized after leaving billions of dollars’ worth of American military equipment in the hands of the Taliban. From August 2021 to August 2022, Biden’s average approval rating fell from 52 to 39 percent.

There was a slight rebound, but his rating never surpassed 45 percent. Since April, amid growing concerns about the economy, immigration, and global conflicts, Biden’s approval rating has once again declined. His disapproval rating has correspondingly increased from 52 percent in April to 56.6 percent.

In comparison, at this same point in his presidency, former President Donald Trump had an average approval rating of 43.9 percent and a disapproval rating of 53.5 percent, making him 9.6 points “underwater.”

Current polling data presents a challenging outlook for Biden. During the 2020 election campaign, RCP’s national poll average consistently showed Biden leading Trump by at least four points. However, today’s RCP national average shows Trump ahead of Biden by 2.4 points, 46.6 to 44.2 percent. In 11 out of 13 polls included in this average, Trump leads Biden. At this same stage in the 2020 campaign, Biden led Trump by an average of 7.5 points.

In key swing states like Michigan and Georgia, Trump currently leads by averages of 4.1 and 5.4 points, respectively, according to RCP’s poll of polls. Biden narrowly won both states in the 2020 election.

Amidst these polling trends, there are claims from the corporate media suggesting that if reelected, Trump might undermine democracy, become dictatorial, and engage in extreme actions. These allegations reflect a broader narrative around Trump’s potential return to the political arena.