Biden: 43% Approve; 53% Disapprove

Forty-three percent (43%) of voters nationwide now approve of the way President Biden is performing his job. That’s down four points from mid-October. However, eight of the last ten Scott Rasmussen national surveys have shown the president’s positive ratings all within 2 points of 45% in either direction.

The latest survey finds that 53% disapprove and 4% are not sure.

Those totals include just 19% of voters who Strongly Approve of the president’s performance while 40% Strongly Disapprove.

The president’s low job approval ratings come as the vast majority of Americans experience sharp inflation (77%) and supply chain issues (63%).

Fifty-seven percent (57%) believe inflation is a tax on the poor. Just 23% disagree. Additionally, at a time when the president wants Congress to pass a social welfare spending bill, 59% of voters nationwide believe increased government spending leads to inflation. Only 14% disagree.

The legislation–called the Build Back Better plan by Democrats and the Big Government Socialism bill by Republicans– is still being negotiated by Democratic factions in Congress. One point of contention between progressive Democrats and more moderate Democrats is Medicare.  Among voters, 53% believe it is more important to provide funding that would protect the existing Medicare program rather than expanding Medicare by adding new benefits.

Democrats in Congress have offered various plans to pay for the Build Back Better plan. Several include providing with more access to personal and business financial information. This effort is strongly rejected by voters: 72%think the IRS collects too much personal information that should remain private. Rather than giving the agency more access, voters believe that more privacy protections are needed.

The Build Back Better plan has also included more than $10 billion in payments to illegal immigrants. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters favor that provision while 60% are opposed.

On a more basic level, 65% of voters believe the federal government is actively working to get more power and control over the lives of everyday Americans.

President Biden is seen as politically liberal by 55% of voters and moderate by 22%

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Question 1:

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Biden is performing his job?

19%    Strongly approve

24%    Somewhat approve

13%    Somewhat disapprove

40%    Strongly disapprove

4%    Not sure

Question 2:

Suppose you had a choice between four presidential candidates. All four had equal skills and temperament. Would you prefer a Republican who supported policies like President Trump, a more traditional Republican, a Democrat who supported policies similar to Senator Bernie Sanders, or a more traditional Democrat?

36%    Trump policies

13%    Traditional GOP

19%    Sanders policies

22%    Trad DEM

10%    Not sure


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on October 25-27, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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