Biden slips below Harris in latest poll — Analysis

The US president’s approval rating is now lower than that of his vice president and numerous others in his administration

In a Gallup poll on the US performance of federal leaders, President Joe Biden was rated lower than Vice President Kamala Hariri and Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The majority of polled respondents gave favorable results to only three figures: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (with 60%), Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell (with 53%), and Fauci. Roberts was the most popular, receiving 60% approval. Powell and Fauci were rated at 53% and 52%, respective.  

Biden’s approval rating was only 43% and disapproval at 51%, respectively. Biden has been struggling for several weeks in polls. His rating is consistently declining as the country faces numerous crises such as high inflation and the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Harris’s score was higher than that of her previous opponent in the Democratic Party 2020 presidential election. The former California senator garnered 44% approval – although this represents a 5% decline from her September rating. She received slightly more disapproval than Biden with 54% expressing a negative view of her performance. She’s been criticised by pundits as well as activists for her leadership on issues such the increase in illegal immigration at the US Southern Border since Biden was elected. 

The two federal leaders ranked the lowest in the survey were House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), with 40% and 34% approval, respectively – the only congressional leaders to score lower than the president. 

Like most polls, there are huge differences in percentages across the parties. For example, Fauci received a mere 19% approval among those who identified themselves as Republicans while 85% of Democrats supported the manner he handled the pandemic. 

Gallup polled 800 adults between December 1, and December 16, according to the Gallup survey. 

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