By Eli Yokley
November 17, 2021 at 6:00 am ET
President Joe Biden began his presidency backed by positive sentiment from voters on a range of personal traits. But after his job approval rating tumbled this summer, a new Morning Consult/Politico poll has found that he’s losing the public’s backing on questions of character and ability, too.
Voters’ diminished views on Biden on a range of personal traits follow a decline in perceptions of his overall job performance. In the May survey, which was conducted just after his address to a joint session of Congress marking his first 100 days as president, 57 percent of voters approved and 38 percent disapproved of the job he was doing. Now, 44 percent approve and 53 percent disapprove, his worst numbers in Morning Consult/Politico polling.
Biden’s latest approval rating just barely bests Trump’s standing in a survey conducted roughly four years ago that evaluated the 45th president on many of the same characteristics. Against this standard, the 46th president generally compares favorably.
The latest survey was conducted Nov. 13-15, 2021, among 1,998 registered voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. Each question on Biden’s personal characteristics was conducted among roughly 900 registered voters, with a 3-point margin of error.