Joe Biden is nearing the 100-day mark of his presidency, and already, Americans aren’t happy with what they’re seeing.
In a crushing defeat for the 46th president, a new poll from The Washington Post and ABC News showed that Biden’s current approval rating is among the lowest that any modern president has seen after their first 100 days in the White House.
According to Breitbart, Biden’s current approval rating of 52% puts him third-to-last among modern presidents, beating out only former Presidents Donald Trump and Gerald Ford, who assumed the role of commander-in-chief after Richard Nixon’s resignation in the mid-1970s.
The Post/ABC poll, conducted from April 18-21, surveyed 1,007 Americans and had a margin of error of around 3.5 percentage points.
Breaking down the numbers
Of the 52% of respondents to the poll who said they approve of Biden’s job performance thus far, 34% said they strongly approve of it, while 18% said they somewhat approve.
On the other hand, 35% of those polled said they strongly disapprove of Biden’s performance. Seven percent said they somewhat disapprove.
It’s a stark contrast from the high approval numbers other recent Democratic presidents have enjoyed after their first 100 days. At the 100-day mark, President Barack Obama had a 69% approval rating, and even President Bill Clinton had the approval of 59% of Americans, according to Breitbart.
At 100 days in, President George W. Bush’s approval sat at 71%.
Moving the goalposts
Not to be dismayed by the numbers, many in the mainstream media are now trying to explain away Biden’s lackluster approval rating as a product of the times, rather than an actual indicator of job performance.
NBC’s Chuck Todd, for example, tried to claim over the weekend that Biden’s 52% approval rating is “the new 60%.”
“Any time you’re over 50 in this polarized environment, that’s really solid,” Todd argued, according to a separate report from Breitbart. “It’s sort of the new 60% of the way when you and I grew up in the ’80s and ’90s.”
If Democrats and their cronies in the media want to have any chance of convincing Americans that Biden is a decent president, it looks like they’re going to have to keep on moving those goalposts.