President Joe Biden has been in office a little more than eight months and his approval rating has plummeted to just 43 percent while Vice President Kamala Harris is doing slightly better, with an approval rating of 49 percent.
A new Gallup poll, conducted from Sept. 1-17, marked the first time a majority of respondents disapproved of Biden’s job performance, with 53 percent indicating they disapproved of his handling of the office, The Hill reported.
Biden’s approval rating stayed high among Democrat respondents, though it reached its lowest this month at 90 percent. Only 6 percent of Republicans gave Biden high marks.
The president saw the most significant drop in support among independent voters with a 37 percent approval rating — a considerable drop from his high of 61 percent during his first month in office.
Biden’s recent drop in approval put him in the company of former Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, whose ratings were at or below Biden’s current 43 percent at some point in the first eight months of their presidencies Gallup reported.
Biden took over the White House on Jan. 20, 2021 and has faced a barrage of challenges — from the increase in covid death due to delta variant and the deadly evacuation from Afghanistan to outrage over mounted border patrol agents charging at Haitian refugees. Add to this the legislative drama over Biden’s proposed infrastructure bill, AP reported.
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For the first time, Gallup polled Americans to evaluate how Vice President Kamala Harris was performing in her role. Her ratings were 49 percent approving and 49 percent disapproving among respondents.
Harris got unanimous approval from Democrats (92 percent) while registering very low support from Republicans (4 percent). Independents rated her performance at 46 percent favorable, Gallup reported.
The Gallup poll was conducted after the U.S. military evacuated more than 120,000 people from Afghanistan.