Joe Biden's approval rating lowest in four decades

Biden’s third-year job approval average is just better than the 39th president Jimmy Carter's who served from 1979-1980.

Joe Biden’s job approval average in third year worse than any other President in nearly four decades / (

Joe Biden’s average job approval ratings in the third year of presidential term have plunged to as low as they were last recorded during the term of the 39th President Jimmy Carter.

According to the Gallop survey published recently, Biden had an average job approval rating of 39.8 per cent. His third year started on January 20, 2023, and ended on January 19, 2024. Carter’s average approval rating in July 1979, during his third year as President was 37.4 per cent. 

While the current President fared better than Carter, he ranked worse than any other President since the latter. 

Earlier this month, an ABC News/Ipsos Poll conducted between January 4 to 8 revealed only 33 per cent of those surveyed said they approved of Biden, a drop from 37 per cent from the previous poll in September 2023. Biden’s disapproval rating was up from 56 per cent to 58 per cent as well. The last time for a record this low was during George W. Bush’s presidency during the 2006-2008 period. 

Joe Biden fared worse than former president Trump

President Joe Biden’s third-year polling average is worse than former President Donald Trump whose average job approval in his third year, 2019-2020, was 42 per cent. However, the reigning president fared better than Trump during the first two years in office where his approval rating was 48.9 per cent and 41 per cent respectively. 

Biden’s term average from January 20, 2021 to present day is 43 per cent. His highest job approval rating to date was 57 per cent from January 21 to February 2, 2021, and again in April 1 to April 21, 2021. His lowest job approval rating to date is 37 per cent, and has been so thrice during his presidential career, most recently between November 1 to 21, 2023, according to Gallup. 

Meanwhile in 2023, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre asked people to take 2024 polls with a grain of salt, especially during the early election phase.