Reuters / Ipsos

55% of Americans approve of the president

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Editor’s notes

It’s increasingly clear what Americans think of Biden

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Chris Kahn

Reuters Polling Editor

June 10, 2021

After several months in office, a few broad trends have emerged regarding Americans’ views of their new president, Joe Biden.

  • A little more than half like the way Biden is handling the job. The proportion shifts by a few points every week or so, ranging between 52% and 58% since January, according to weekly Reuters/Ipsos polls.
  • Biden does not appear to be winning over more Americans, however. HIs approval numbers have been relatively flat since he entered the White House.
  • The number of Americans who disapprove of Biden has increased, and this includes the level of disapproval among independents. In January, the number of independents who said they approved of Biden outnumbered those who disapproved of him by a 2-to-1 margin. They are now almost evenly split: in the latest poll, five out 10 independents approved of Biden while four in 10 disapproved.
  • Biden has consistently generated higher levels of public support than his predecessor, Donald Trump, did at the same point in his presidency.

The latest national opinion poll, conducted June 9-10, found that 55% of American adults approved of Biden, while 40% disapproved and 5% said they were not sure.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online, in English, throughout the United States. It gathered responses from 1,004 adults in all, including 433 Democrats and 375 Republicans. It has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of 4 percentage points.

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The top issue

The economy continues to be the most important issue concerning Americans, 20 weeks running.

Note: The categories names have been shortened from how they appear in the survey. Find the original phrasing at the bottom of this page.

Notes The Reuters/Ipsos poll has been in operation since January 2012. Its surveys are conducted at least once per week online, in English, throughout the United States. Every poll has a minimum total sample size of 1,000 adults.

Reuters/Ipsos polls reflect the opinions of the American public. Their measurements are limited in precision, however, based on the number of people who responded to the survey. A poll finding that is based on a large sample of respondents is generally more precise than one that is based on a small sample. The precision limit of every poll finding is called its “credibility interval,” and it is expressed as an implied variance in the measurement. A reading of 50% with a credibility interval of 2 points means, for example, that poll finding is 50% but there is an outside chance that it could be as high as 52% and as low as 48%.

Category names in the survey of top issues have been shortened as follows: “The economy” is shortened from “Economy, unemployment, and jobs”; “Public health” from “Public health, disease, and illness”; “Health care” from “Health care system”; “Crime” from “Crime or corruption”; “Inequality” from “Inequality and discrimination”; “Enviornment” from “Environment and climate”; “Terrorism” from “Terrorism and extremism” and “War/conflict” from “War and foreign conflicts”.

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Ally J. Levine

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Minami Funakoshi, Jon McClure