According to a new national poll, President Joe Biden’s approval rating dropped during his first month at the White House. Monmouth University surveyed 802 adults nationwide using live telephone operators. The poll, released on March 3, 2021, reveals Biden’s approval rating has slipped from 54% in late January, days after his inauguration, to 51%.
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That’s not all—President Biden’s disapproval rating has increased from 30% in late January to 42%. The rise comes as more people form an opinion about Biden’s administration, with those without any opinion of the president plummeting from 16% to 8%. About this, Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray said, “It’s probably not a surprise that Biden’s honeymoon period has closed quickly.” However, he noted that Biden holds a net positive rating in this new poll conducted between February 25 and March 1.
The average of all the latest national polls measuring President Biden’s approval rating, compiled by Real Clear Politics, is 55% approval and 40% disapproval. Ninety-one percent of Democrats who were a part of the Monmouth University poll approve of Biden’s performance. However, with eight in 10 Republicans disapproving, there’s been a 10-point jump from a month ago. Independents are divided—43% approve of Biden, and 48% disapprove. Back in January, the approval and disapproval numbers stood at 47%-30%, respectively.
The Monmouth University survey also recorded a drop in approval for Congress. Three in 10 participants approve the work Congress is doing, dipping from 35% one month ago. Disapproval shot up by eight points, from 51% in January to 59% now. However, Monmouth University said the January results “were a historical high in eight years of national polling by Monmouth. While the current ratings have declined, they remain on the higher end of the range across which they have fluctuated since 2013.”
Additionally, as per the poll, six in 10 Americans favor the $1.9-trillion COVID stimulus and relief bill Congress is currently considering. The overall survey sampling error is +3.5 or -3.5 percentage points.