President Joe Biden’s post-inauguration honeymoon period he briefly enjoyed has come to an end, with his approval rating slipping and his disapproval rising based on his performance within the first month in office, according to a new national poll released Wednesday.
In a Monmouth University poll released on Wednesday, Biden currently holds a 51 percent approval rating from Americans, down 3 percent compared to the 54 percent standing the president first received from respondents just days after his inauguration in late January.
However, Biden’s disapproval rating has surged double-digits from 30 percent he received just days into his term to now 42 percent from Americans polled in late February. According to Monmouth, the shift is driven based on more Americans now being able to form an opinion of the new president’s first month in office. In January, 16 percent of those surveyed said they had “no opinion” regarding Biden’s job performance, but a month later, only 8 percent expressing no opinion, with those Americans mostly appearing to drift into the “disapproval” of the new president’s job performance mark.
“It’s probably not a surprise that Biden’s honeymoon period has closed quickly. He does maintain a net positive rating, but the Covid stimulus package will be the first significant test of how stable that support is,” Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray said.
The poll also shows that Americans continue to remain sharply divided along partisan lines, with Democrats giving Biden high marks and Republicans disapproving of the new president. A vast majority of Democrats — 91 percent said they approve of Biden’s job performance, a one percent increase compared to late January. With Republicans, only 12 percent approve
Meanwhile, 80 percent of Republicans sharply disapprove of the new president, an uptick of 10 percent. In January, just 70 percent had a disapproval rating of Biden among Republicans.
Biden’s s approval rating is now just 43 percent among independents, with 48 percent disapproving. In January, 47 percent of independents approved, 30 percent disapproved and 22 percent had not made up their minds.
More than nine in 10 Democrats polled said they approve how Biden is handling the coronavirus pandemic. With Republicans, only 22 percent of those agreed. Notably, independents gave him positive marks on the issue by a two-to-one margin.
The poll also indicates that 62 percent of Americans support Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus and relief bill currently that is currently being amended the measure in Congress.
A Real Clear Politics average complied of all of the latest national polls shows Biden’s approval rating average at 55 percent and 40 percent disapproving.
The poll sampled 802 American adults from February 25-March 1. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.