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50% of Americans disapprove of the president


Credibility interval

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Editor’s notes

Biden approval drops to lowest of presidency

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Chris Kahn

Reuters Polling Editor

Sept. 16, 2021

Public approval of U.S. President Joe Biden has dropped to the lowest level of his presidency, with Americans appearing to be increasingly critical of his response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.

The national poll, conducted Sept. 15-16, found that 44% of U.S. adults approved of Biden’s performance in office, while 50% disapproved and the rest were not sure. Biden’s popularity has been declining since mid-August as the U.S.-backed Afghan government collapsed and as COVID-19-related deaths surged across the country.

While most Americans support the kind of vaccine and mask requirements that Biden has ordered recently to slow the spread of the Delta variant, some Republicans have criticized what they consider to be an overreaction by the White House.

The weekly poll showed that the number of Americans who approved of Biden’s response to the pandemic dropped below 50% for the first time: About 48% approved of the president’s COVID-19 policies, while 46% disapproved. At the same point in Donald Trump’s presidency, about 38% of Americans approved of his performance in office, while 57% disapproved. The Reuters/Ipsos poll is conducted online in English throughout the United States. The latest poll gathered responses from 1,005 adults in total including 442 Democrats and 360 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, 2 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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