Joe Biden has disappointed Americans more than any other president since World War II at this stage in their term
According to a new Gallup poll released Friday, Joe Biden has disappointed Americans more than any other president since World War II at this stage in their term.
The most recent figures are from a poll conducted from October 1 to 19, and compare Biden's average approval rating for the first three quarters of his presidency to that of every president since Dwight Eisenhower.
Biden's approval rating plummeted by 11.3% from 56 percent in the first quarter to 44.7 percent at the end of the three-month period from late July to October.
Barack Obama, his former employer, suffered the second-largest drop in average approval, shedding 10.1 percent between the first and third quarters of his presidency.
After starting with low expectations, Donald Trump, the only post-WWII president with a lower approval rating than Biden, saw a smaller dip of just 4.4 percent.
Biden's favorability appears to be declining the most among independents, with approval dropping from 61 percent in February to only 34 percent in October.
Biden's inability to shrug off growing public displeasure with his White House tenure, which has seen his month-to-month approval rating plummet to a new low of 42% in October, has exacerbated the record slump.
His approval was dealt a massive blow amid a border crisis that appears to be spiraling out of control and the US's hasty exit from Afghanistan at the end of summer.
In September, he suffered a major setback as his ratings dropped from 49 percent to 43 percent. By comparison, the one-point dip in October was minor.
Biden's disapproval rating has dropped from 53 percent to 52 percent, indicating that fewer people disapprove of him.
Gallup's October survey's party divide mirrors today's hyper-partisan political atmosphere.
Democrats haven't changed their minds on Biden. His approval rating among his own party has never dropped below 90% during his presidency, and it even increased by two points this month.
Among Republicans, however, the president has hit a record low of just 4 percent approval.
The 88-point gap between GOP and Democrats is the largest Biden has seen in his presidency so far and comes amid multiple ideological clashes.
After his Justice Department directed federal law enforcement to help crack down on what it called a "disturbing trend," Republicans accused Biden of unfairly targeting parents.
With the president's sweeping vaccine order published in September, affecting 100 million American employees, Biden's administration has also plunged into political disputes.
A number of Republican governors, including Arizona's Doug Ducey, have voiced opposition to the mandate.
While both crises have mostly exited the news cycle, the president's approval hasn't rebounded the same way.
Compared with most other presidents at the end of their first October in the White House, Biden fails to hold up. His 42 percent approval falls far short of the 53 percent average for US presidents beginning in 1938.
Since Eisenhower in 1952, however, only Trump's Gallup approval at this point is lower - 37 percent.
Bill Clinton comes close with 48 percent.
The highest first-October approval rating belongs to George W. Bush with 88 percent, at a time when he was experiencing unprecedented national and international support in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks.