Both polls show declining views on Biden, whose presidency has been besieged by two crises in recent weeks: a nationwide resurgence of the coronavirus and the difficult withdrawal of US military personnel and other Americans from Afghanistan before the Biden’s impending deadline. Biden’s approval rating has dropped 8 points in the CBS poll since July, and it’s down 4 points since the last NBC News poll in April.
Both polls are consistent with other polls indicating that the strong approval ratings with which Biden entered the Oval Office have waned. RealClearPolitics’ latest average puts Biden’s approval rating and disapproval rating at the same number: 48%. And while the FiveThirtyEight average – which adjusts figures for polling firms with a history of bias – is more positive for Biden (49% approval), Biden’s average disapproval rating of 46% is higher than at any time during his young presidency.
Despite the recent drop, Biden’s approval ratings remain higher than his predecessor: in four years, former President Donald Trump’s approval rating has never reached 48% on the RealClearPolitics average, while that his disapproval rating remained at 50% or more of the two-month mark of his presidency until he stepped down last January.
But Biden’s slide is troubling news for Democrats, who have only narrow majorities in Congress who are increasingly threatened in next year’s midterm election.
Despite a week of negative headlines about the faster-than-expected fall of the US-backed Afghan government, Biden’s weakening appears to be more driven by events closer to home, namely the sharp rise in Covid cases -19 after months of optimism following the vaccination of the country. program.
In the NBC News poll, 53% of those polled approve of Biden’s handling of the coronavirus, down sharply from 69% in April. Jeff Horwitt, a Democratic pollster who is part of the bipartisan team that conducts surveys for the network, blamed “the domestic storm, the Covid Delta wave, which is causing more difficulty at this point here at home and for the President Biden, ”in an interview with NBC News.
Meanwhile, while few respondents believe the US withdrawal from Afghanistan is going well, most Americans still support the repatriation of troops. In the CBS News survey, 63 percent approve of the US troop withdrawal, while only 37 percent disapprove.
The CBS News poll was conducted online by YouGov from Aug. 18-20, with 2,142 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.
The NBC News poll was conducted August 14-17 by telephone, among 1,000 adults. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.