Biden Approval Slips to 51%, Down 4 From Month Ago

Fifty-one percent (51%) of voters nationwide now approve of the way President Biden is performing his job. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 41% disapprove and 7% are not sure.

Biden’s approval rating is down four points from a month ago and the lowest level of approval yet measured.

The current totals include 29% who Strongly Approve and 32% who Strongly Disapprove. This is the first time the number who Strongly Disapprove has topped the number who Strongly Approve.

The dynamics are very similar to the pattern from President Obama’s tenure. Both presidents started with high levels of approval that slowly drifted downward. For both, the Strong Disapproval first topped Strong Approval in early summer.

Obama’s approval rating drifted down to the high 40s by the fall and remained there for most of his first term. It will be interesting to see whether Biden’s numbers continue to follow that trajectory.

Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Democrats approve of Biden’s performance while 79% of Republicans disapprove. Among independents 41% approve and 37% disapprove.

When it comes to approval of Biden, there is little difference between those who prefer Bernie Sanders-like policies and those who would rather see traditional Democratic polices.

However, there is a wide gap between those who support policies like those of former President Trump and those who prefer traditional Republican policies.

  • Among those who prefer Trump-like policies, just 13% offer Biden a positive review while 85% give the current president a negative assessment.
  • Among those who prefer traditional Republican policies, 40% approve of Biden’s performance while 53% disapprove.

The number supporting Trump-like policies is much higher than the number preferring a traditional Republican approach. Among Democrats, the competing Establishment and Populist wings are roughly the same size.

Other recent survey data shows that 28% say  28% Say President Biden has been better than  they expected. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say he has bee worse than expected. Looking to Congress, 47% approve of Democrats in Congress while 41% say the same about Republicans in Congress.

One area of significant weakness for Biden has been immigration and the situation at the Southern border. Part of the problem may be that the president refuses to treat it as a serious crisis. Among all voters, Overall, 50% see illegal immigration as a crisis, comparable to the number who see gun violence in that manner.

Other data shows that 70% of voters believe immigration and border control to be a national security issue. Additionally, 60% see the growing number of illegal immigrants to be an invasion of the United States. Not only that, 58% believe drug cartels have more control of the border than the U.S. government.

Moving forward, this site will continue to update the president’s job approval rating every month or so.

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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.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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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