For an incoming president who recorded more popular votes than any president in American history, President Joe Biden isn’t looking so hot when it comes to approval numbers, compared to the numbers of his two predecessors.
According to the Washington Examiner, Rasmussen Reports’ first Presidential Daily Tracking Poll of likely voters recorded a dismal 48 percent opening approval number, which was far lower than former President Donald Trump, who came in with 56 percent and former President Barack Obama, who began with a staggering 67 percent rating.
The Rasmussen Reports’ first Presidential Daily Tracking Poll is an average of the last three days.
Not only did Biden open with a lower approval rating, but his disapproval rating hit 45 percent. That number is worse than Trump’s opening day at the White House in 2017, when he scored 44 percent disapproval.
Obama once again blew both presidents out the water, scoring a shockingly low 32 percent disapproval rating when he won the White House for the first time.
Other interesting data points from the survey indicated that Biden is also struggling with women, only garnering 46 percent approval and scoring 48 percent disapproval from arguably the most influential voting bloc in presidential elections.
That was an especially interesting number given that Vice President Kamala Harris is the first woman elected to hold that position.
Rounding out the bad news for Biden is his polling numbers with white voters. Interestingly, only 43 percent of white voters approve of Biden’s performance while an unusually high 51 percent said they disapprove.
It’ll Probably Get Worse
Another factor that could be contributing to Biden’s lower approval numbers — or might in the near future — is the fact that on day one of his presidency, he announced the halting of the Keystone XL pipeline project, which employs tens of thousands of American workers, according to The Blaze.
A number of large and influential labor unions — all of whom endorsed Biden in his 2020 presidential run — have already spoken out and expressed their anger at Biden’s job-killing, day one executive orders.
“Killing 10,000 jobs and taking $2.2 billion in payroll out of workers’ pockets is not what Americans need or want right now,” said Andy Black, president and CEO of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines.
Given how many jobs are being axed under a Biden administration within his first weeks in office, the next approval ratings surveys could spell trouble for an already-troubled new administration.