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Joe Biden's approval rate sinks below Donald Trump at the first-year mark of their presidencies

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Joe Biden’s approval rate continues to spiral with the US President now ranking below Donald Trump at the one-year-mark of their presidencies, according to a new poll. 

President Joe Biden’s approval rating has dropped to a new low, placing him below Donald Trump at the same time during their presidencies, a new Quinnipiac University Poll has revealed.

The United States President has received a 33 per cent approval rate in this month’s poll, three per cent less than his predecessor at the one-year mark and a drop from Mr Biden’s 36 per cent approval rating in a November 2021 poll.

A Quinnipiac poll published in January 2018 showed Mr Trump sitting at a 36 per cent approval rate although 59 per cent of respondents disapproved of the job he was doing.

Democrat approval of Mr Biden in this month’s poll was at 75 per cent which also marked a significant drop from 87 per cent approval in the November poll.

American adults were also asked about Mr Biden’s handling of certain key issues, including:

  • The economy, which received 34 per cent approval
  • Foreign policy, which received 35 per cent approval
  • The COVID-19 response, which received 39 per cent approval

“A rocky start for President Biden gets him low grades on his year one report card,” Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy said.

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The poll further highlighted that as the President marked his first year in the Oval Office, 50 per cent of Americans said Mr Biden was doing about what they expected, 39 per cent said he was doing a worse job than expected and seven per cent said he was doing better than expected.

Nearly half – 49 per cent – also said Mr Biden is doing more to divide the country compared to 42 per cent who said he was doing more to unite.

In terms of Mr Trump’s popularity amongst voters, participants in the Quinnipiac poll were asked how they would feel about him running for the presidency again in 2024.

Nearly six out of 10 American – 59 per cent – said they would not like to see him run again, showing a similar result to an October poll.

Compared to 78 per cent of Republicans who said in October last year they would like to see Mr Trump on the ballot at the next election, just 69 per cent said the same this month.

Wednesday’s poll also revealed the majority of Americans believe the biggest threat to their nation will come from within.

Political instability has demonstrated itself to be of serious concern, with 76 per cent of Americans believing it is a bigger danger to the US than the 19 per cent who think other countries who are adversaries to the US are the bigger danger.

A majority – 58 per cent – also think US democracy is in danger of collapse.

“A fear of the enemy within, not a foreign threat, punctuates a grim assessment by Americans of a democracy in peril and a future of deepening political divisions,” Mr Malloy said.