President Joe Biden is facing the prospect of moving into his second year in office with a low approval rating.
From the start of Joe Biden’s presidency up until August 30th, he enjoyed healthy approval numbers. According to analysis by poll tracker FiveThirtyEight, Joe Biden’s approval ratings have dipped since August 30th.
FiveThirtyEight tracks the president’s approval rating by analyzing a wide variety of polls and also operates its own system of pollster ratings. It gave Biden an approval rating of 43.4 percent as of December 30.
By contrast, Biden’s disapproval stood at 51.6 percent. That has been largely consistent since August 30, the day before the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Disapproval of the president has been on an upward trend since the beginning of September.
The president’s approval rating appeared to be increasing slightly in mid-December, reaching a high of 43.9 percent on December 19, it has since fallen back.
The U.S. is also facing a surge in the Omicron variant of COVID-19 with the likely prospect of many more infections in January, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has suffered scathing criticism for recent advice on self-isolation for asymptomatic cases and masks for children.