This president’s approval ratings tanked the fastest


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While most Americans disapprove of President Joe Biden, a Statista poll using data from Gallup sought to find out which president the majority of Americans (at least 51%) disapproved of the president the fastest.

Of the most recent presidents (not including Biden since his term has not yet ended), Statista found that Trump had the lowest approval rating after 15 months on the job. His approval rating was at 39%, Obama’s was 49%, and Biden’s was 42%, according to a Statista survey based on Gallup data.

Another survey by Statista and YouGov found that the majority of Americans (39%) believed that Biden was a very weak leader. Only 16% of surveyed adult Americans thought Biden was a very strong leader.

Here are the number of days American presidents have been in office until their disapproval rating reached 51 percent, from Truman to Trump:

  • Donald Trump (current): 8
  • Barack Obama (2009-2017): 936
  • George W. Bush (2001-2009): 1,205
  • Bill Clinton (1993-2001): 573
  • George H.W. Bush (1989-1993): 1,136
  • Ronald Reagan (1981-1989): 727
  • Jimmy Carter (1977-1981): 851
  • Gerald Ford (1974-1977)* – N/A
  • Richard Nixon (1969-1974): 1,659
  • Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969) 1,575
  • John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)* – N/A
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)* – N/A
  • Harry S. Truman (1945-1953): 588

* Gerald Ford, John F. Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower never reached a disapproval rating of 51 percent or more.

During the same month, March, Biden’s approval rating was 42%, down from 54% in March 2021. Gallup found that Generation Z (born 1997 to 2004) was found to have the highest drop in approval ratings. Just 39% of Generation Z approved of Biden, a drop of 21 percentage points since the first half of 2021, according to Statista.


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Kaitlyn Farley

Kaitlyn is MediaFeed’s senior editor. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, specializing in social justice and investigative reporting. She has worked at various radio stations and newsrooms, covering higher-education, local politics, natural disasters and investigative and watchdog stories related to Title IX and transparency issues.