Biden Approval Slides to 41%; 53% Disapprove

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters nationwide now approve of the way President Biden is performing his job. The latest Scott Rasmussen survey finds that 53% disapprove and 7% are not sure.

The latest numbers suggest ongoing slippage in support for the president. In September and the first half of October, the president’s approval averaged 45%. From mid-October to early December, the president’s Job Approval ratings were consistently around 43%. However, since a December 8-10 survey, the average has slipped to 41%.

The current totals include 18% of voters who Strongly Approve of the president’s performance while 39% Strongly Disapprove.

Other data shows that, on each of six key issues, more voters disapprove than approve of President Biden’s performance. His weakest ratings are on the topic of immigration where just 31% approve and 57% disapprove. Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters believe the Biden Administration is making it too easy for illegal immigrants to enter the country. Just 10% disagree. Most voters (55%) believe drug cartels have more control of the southern border than the U.S. government.

On the topic of government spending and taxes, just 36% approve and 54% disapprove (net rating -18). That may partly reflect the fact that his Build Back Better plan had a number of extraordinarily unpopular items. Additionally, most voters share Senator Joe Manchin’s concerns and believe the president’s plan would have made inflation worse.

The president’s struggles are also reflected in the Generic Congressional Ballot where Republicans hold a six point advantage.

Given a choice between four presidential candidates with equal skills and temperament, 31% would prefer a Republican who supported policies like those of President Trump. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 20% would prefer a Democrat who supported policies similar to Senator Bernie Sanders, 19% favor a more traditional Democrat, and 17% a more traditional Republican.

The current numbers show 48% of voters favoring one of the Republican leaning options while 39% prefer a Democratic leaning set of policies. Prior to the 2020 Election, the parties were evenly divided on this measure.

Globally, 72% believe China is actively trying to replace the United States as the world’s leading superpower. Seventy-six percent (76%) think it is important for the United States to contain China’s global ambitions. Only 11% disagree and 13% are not sure.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen,, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


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

18%    Strongly approve

23%    Somewhat approve

14%    Somewhat disapprove

39%    Strongly disapprove

7%    Not sure


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on December 21-22, 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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