When tracking President Biden’s job approval people sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day fluctuations that they miss the bigger picture. To look at the longer-term trends, Rasmussen Reports compiles the numbers on a full-month basis, and the results for Biden’s presidency can be seen in the graphics below.
The president earned a monthly job approval of 45% in May, down three points from April. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapproved of his job performance in May, up four points from April. Biden’s approval was in the low 40s through the first part of 2022, but rose after the midterm elections and the State of the Union address.
During 2021, Biden’s first year in office, his approval hit a high of 52% in May of that year, but dropped significantly after the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021.
Donald Trump’s monthly approval ran from a high of 51% in February 2017, his first full month in the White House, to a low of 42% in August 2017. In December 2020, his final full month in office, Trump earned a monthly job approval of 47%. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapproved.
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Daily tracking results are collected via telephone and online surveys of 350 likely voters per night. The monthly numbers in this article are based on approximately 7,000 interviews each month with likely voters. The margin of sampling error is less than +/- 1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
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