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January 21, 2022

Biden Job Approvals Drop to New Lows

A total of 43% of Americans say they approve of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president and 53% say they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. In December, 46% approved of the way Biden was handling his job as president and 49% disapproved.

When it comes to Biden's handling of the economy, 40% of Americans approve and 55% disapprove. In December, 45% approved of the way Biden was handling the economy and 49% disapproved.

When it comes to Biden's handling of the coronavirus outbreak, 40% of Americans approve and 55% disapprove. In December, 50% approved of the way Biden was handling the coronavirus outbreak and 46% disapproved.

Among Americans registered to vote, 43% approve of the way Biden is handling his job as president and 53% disapprove. On Biden's handling of the economy, 41% of registered voters approve and 55% disapprove. And on Biden's handling of the coronavirus outbreak, 41% of registered voters approve and 55% disapprove.

In January 2018 as Donald Trump was finishing his first year in office, 35% of Americans approved of the way Trump was handling his job as president and 60% disapproved. In January 2010 as Barack Obama was finishing his first year in office, 51% of Americans approved of the way Obama was handling his job and 45% disapproved.

Of the 43% of Americans saying they approve of the way Biden is handling his job as president, 86% say they expect the national economy to be better a year from now. Of the 53% saying they disapprove of the way Biden his handling his job as president, 81% say they expect the national economy to be worse a year from now.

Also, of the 43% of Americans saying they approve of the way Biden is handling his job as president, 45% say they expect the financial situations in their households will be better a year from now, which is down from 54% in December. Of the 53% saying they disapprove of the way Biden his handling his job as president, 64% say they expect the financial situations in their households will be worse a year from now.

The results presented here are based on 1,100 completed interviews conducted among a nationwide random sample of adults January 17 through 20, 2022. The theoretical margin of error for the total sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points, 95% of the time, on questions where opinion is evenly split.

Overall, 43% of Americans say that they approve of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president, 53% disapprove, and 4% are undecided.

Biden job approval Approve Disapprove Undecided
Jan 2022 43% 53% 4%
Dec 2021 46% 49% 5%
Nov 2021 44% 50% 6%
Oct 2021 47% 47% 6%
Sep 2021 50% 46% 4%
Aug 2021 49% 46% 5%
Jul 2021 53% 43% 4%
Jun 2021 52% 43% 5%
May 2021 57% 37% 6%
Apr 2021 59% 35% 6%
Mar 2021 60% 34% 6%
Feb 2021 58% 34% 8%
Donald Trump:
Jan 2021 30% 66% 4%

Among Republicans (30% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 27% of all adults in the survey), 4% approve of the way Biden is handling his job and 92% disapprove. Among Democrats (35% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 31% of all adults in the survey), 84% approve and 13% disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job. Among independents (35% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 32% of all adults in the survey), 36% approve and 59% disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job as president.

Overall, 40% of Americans say that they approve of the way Joe Biden is handling the economy, 55% disapprove, and 5% are undecided. Among registered voters, 41% approve and 55% disapprove of the way Biden is handling the economy.

Biden handling the economy Approve Disapprove Undecided
Jan 2022 40% 55% 5%
Dec 2021 45% 49% 6%
Nov 2021 42% 52% 6%
Oct 2021 46% 49% 5%
Sep 2021 52% 43% 5%
Aug 2021 51% 45% 4%
Jul 2021 54% 42% 4%
Jun 2021 55% 41% 4%
May 2021 59% 35% 6%
Apr 2021 61% 34% 5%
Mar 2021 62% 34% 4%
Feb 2021 60% 33% 7%
Donald Trump:
Jan 2021 38% 59% 3%

Among Republicans, 3% approve of the way Biden is handling the economy and 93% disapprove. Among Democrats, 82% approve of the way Biden is handling the economy and 15% disapprove. Among independents, 33% approve and 62% disapprove of the way Biden is handling the economy.

Overall, 40% of Americans say they approve of the way Joe Biden is handling the coronavirus outbreak, 55% say they disapprove, and 5% are undecided. Among registered voters, 41% approve and 55% disapprove of the way Biden is handling the coronavirus.

Biden handling coronavirus outbreak Approve Disapprove Undecided
Jan 2022 40% 55% 5%
Dec 2021 50% 46% 4%
Nov 2021 47% 48% 5%
Oct 2021 52% 44% 4%
Sep 2021 59% 37% 4%
Aug 2021 57% 38% 5%
Jul 2021 60% 35% 5%
Jun 2021 61% 33% 6%
May 2021 64% 32% 4%
Apr 2021 64% 31% 5%
Mar 2021 64% 31% 5%
Feb 2021 62% 29% 9%
Donald Trump:
Jan 2021 29% 68% 3%

Among Republicans, 5% approve of the way Biden is handling the coronavirus outbreak and 92% disapprove. Among Democrats, 82% approve of the way Biden is handling the coronavirus outbreak and 15% disapprove. Among independents, 33% approve and 62% disapprove of the way Biden is handling the coronavirus outbreak.

A total of 28% of Americans say that the national economy is getting better, 18% say it is staying the same, and 52% say the national economy is getting worse.

National economy

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

Jan 2022 28% 18% 52% 2%
Dec 2021 33% 16% 48% 3%
Nov 2021 34% 11% 50% 5%
Oct 2021 34% 14% 47% 5%
Sep 2021 35% 13% 47% 5%
Aug 2021 35% 14% 41% 10%
Jul 2021 39% 16% 35% 10%
Jun 2021 37% 18% 33% 12%
May 2021 36% 22% 28% 14%
Apr 2021 30% 27% 29% 14%
Mar 2021 27% 30% 30% 13%
Feb 2021 22% 31% 34% 13%
Jan 2021 21% 19% 57% 3%

Among those saying they approve of the way Biden is handling his job, 62% say getting better,32% say staying the same, and 5% say getting worse. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job, 2% say getting better, 6% say staying the same, and 91% say getting worse.

A total of 42% of Americans say they believe the national economy will be better a year from now, 11% say it will be the same, and 43% say it will be worse.

National economy a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than today

Undecided

Jan 2022 42% 11% 43% 4%
Dec 2021 45% 10% 40% 5%
Nov 2021 46% 6% 46% 2%
Oct 2021 49% 7% 43% 1%
Sep 2021 48% 5% 45% 2%
Aug 2021 48% 6% 45% 1%
Jul 2021 52% 5% 42% 1%
Jun 2021 52% 5% 42% 1%
May 2021 57% 5% 36% 2%
Apr 2021 57% 7% 35% 1%
Mar 2021 59% 7% 33% 1%
Feb 2021 57% 9% 33% 1%
Jan 2021 42% 20% 27% 11%

Among those saying they approve of the way Biden is handling his job, 86% say better, 13% say the same as today, and less than 1% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job as president, 2% say better, 9% say the same, and 81% say worse.

Overall, 39% of Americans say they believe that the national economy is in a recession, 46% say they do not believe the economy is in a recession, and 15% are undecided.

National economy in a recession Yes No Undecided
Jan 2022 39% 46% 15%
Dec 2021 36% 49% 15%
Nov 2021 38% 45% 17%
Oct 2021 33% 48% 19%
Sep 2021 34% 45% 21%
Aug 2021 29% 49% 22%
Jul 2021 25% 52% 23%
Jun 2021 23% 51% 26%
May 2021 25% 49% 26%
Apr 2021 30% 41% 29%
Mar 2021 35% 34% 31%
Feb 2021 39% 26% 35%
Jan 2021 46% 38% 16%

Among those saying they approve of the way Biden is handling his job, 11% say the national economy is in a recession, 82% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 7% are undecided. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job, 62% say the national economy is in a recession, 20% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 18% are undecided.

A total of 45% of Americans rate the national economy as excellent, very good, or good and 54% rate it as bad, very bad, or terrible.

National economy

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

Jan 2022 5% 21% 19% 22% 21% 11% 1%
Dec 2021 5% 23% 17% 22% 21% 10% 2%
Nov 2021 4% 24% 17% 24% 16% 14% 1%
Oct 2021 5% 24% 18% 27% 13% 12% 1%
Sep 2021 5% 21% 22% 23% 13% 12% 4%
Aug 2021 6% 22% 24% 23% 13% 7% 5%
Jul 2021 7% 24% 24% 25% 10% 5% 5%
Jun 2021 6% 25% 20% 29% 10% 5% 5%
May 2021 6% 26% 23% 28% 7% 4% 6%
Apr 2021 6% 22% 21% 32% 7% 4% 8%
Mar 2021 7% 18% 19% 36% 6% 4% 10%
Feb 2021 3% 10% 13% 38% 14% 9% 13%
Jan 2021 13% 14% 18% 31% 9% 14% 1%

Among those saying they approve of the way Biden is handling his job, 95% say very good, or good and 4% say bad, very bad, or terrible. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job, 6% say very good, or good and 92% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

When it comes to rating their household financial situations, 71% of Americans give an excellent, very good, or good rating and 27% give a bad, very bad, or terrible rating.

Household financial situation

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

Jan 2022 16% 24% 31% 21% 4% 2% 2%
Dec 2021 15% 26% 30% 21% 4% 2% 2%
Nov 2021 15% 22% 34% 17% 6% 2% 4%
Oct 2021 16% 22% 37% 14% 6% 1% 4%
Sep 2021 14% 20% 42% 13% 6% 1% 4%
Aug 2021 15% 24% 42% 10% 3% 1% 5%
Jul 2021 17% 26% 41% 10% 3% 1% 2%
Jun 2021 16% 27% 42% 8% 3% 1% 3%
May 2021 18% 26% 44% 9% 1% 1% 1%
Apr 2021 16% 20% 48% 11% 1% 1% 3%
Mar 2021 17% 15% 49% 14% 1% 2% 2%
Feb 2021 12% 13% 57% 13% 3% 1% 1%
Jan 2021 14% 15% 46% 13% 5% 2% 5%

Among those saying they approve of the way Biden is handling his job, 90% say excellent, very good, or good and 9% say bad, very bad, or terrible. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job, 52% say very good, or good and 43% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

A total of 14% of Americans say they think the financial situations in their households are getting better, 50% say staying the same, and 32% say getting worse.

Household financial situation

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

Jan 2022 14% 50% 32% 4%
Dec 2021 16% 47% 33% 4%
Nov 2021 17% 46% 33% 4%
Oct 2021 17% 49% 30% 4%
Sep 2021 16% 50% 30% 4%
Aug 2021 18% 53% 27% 2%
Jul 2021 21% 52% 26% 1%
Jun 2021 21% 54% 24% 1%
May 2021 20% 54% 25% 1%
Apr 2021 21% 57% 21% 1%
Mar 2021 22% 59% 18% 1%
Feb 2021 17% 70% 9% 4%
Jan 2021 7% 56% 30% 7%

Among those saying they approve of the way Biden is handling his job, 30% say getting better, 61% say staying the same, and 4% say getting worse. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job, 2% say getting better, 38% say staying the same, and 58% say getting worse.

Looking to a year from now, 22% of Americans say that they think their household financial situations will be better than today, 38% say the same as today, and 37% say worse than today.

Household financial situation a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than
today

Undecided

Jan 2022 22% 38% 37% 3%
Dec 2021 27% 35% 34% 4%
Nov 2021 27% 35% 35% 3%
Oct 2021 28% 34% 35% 3%
Sep 2021 30% 33% 34% 3%
Aug 2021 31% 34% 33% 2%
Jul 2021 35% 36% 28% 1%
Jun 2021 35% 38% 26% 1%
May 2021 32% 39% 28% 1%
Apr 2021 29% 42% 28% 1%
Mar 2021 26% 44% 27% 3%
Feb 2021 35% 39% 21% 5%
Jan 2021 28% 42% 22% 8%

Among those saying they approve of the way Biden is handling his job, 45% say better than today, 48% say the same as today, and 5% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job, 5% say better than today, 27% say the same as today, and 64% say worse than today.


About this Survey -

Survey Sponsor: American Research Group, Inc.

The American Research Group has been conducting national surveys of consumers since 1985.

Sample Size: 1,100 completed interviews among a random sample of all adults age 18 and older living in households in the continental United States (see methodology for details). There were 298 Republicans, 346 Democrats, 350 independents, and 106 non-voters in the sample.

Sample Dates: January 17-20, 2022

Margin of Error: 3 percentage points, 95% of the time, on questions where opinion is evenly split.

Question Wording and Order:

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president?

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling the economy?

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling the coronavirus outbreak?

How do you rate the condition of the national economy these days - would you say it is excellent, very good, good, bad, very bad, or terrible?

Do you think the national economy is getting better, staying the same, or getting worse?

Would you say that the national economy is in a recession, or not?

A year from now, do you expect the national economy to be better than it is today, the same as it is today, or worse than it is today?

How do you rate the condition of the financial situation in your household - would you say it is excellent, very good, good, bad, very bad, or terrible?

Do you think the financial situation in your household is getting better, staying the same, or getting worse?

A year from now, do you expect the financial situation in your household to be better than it is today, the same as it is today, or worse than it is today?

 

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