- Trump approval record low – Gallup 34%, Pew 29%
- Biden transition approval high – Gallup 68%, Pew 64%
As Donald Trump vacates the White House in an off-hour send-off, he has reduced his modest public approval with a months-long fight against the transition of power and the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Trump has become toxic everywhere except within the confines of the Republican Party, and both the party and his supporters have contracted in the last month.
Since the Capitol riot, numerous national polls are recording approval ratings in the mid-30s, 10 points off his post-election peak of 46 percent on November 8. The approval of 39 percent is down net 6 to 7 points since the high. The decline has been most steep since January 6 and during the impeachment, showing a 5-point drop from 44 percent to the current 39 percent. Even 15 percent of Republicans have abandoned him.
January 20, 2021
- RealClearPolitics: Trump approval – 39%, Trump disapproval – 57%
- 538: Trump approval – 38%, Trump disapproval – 58%
- Net approval rating falls 6 points in 8 days (538)
- 538: Net approval among Republicans down – 15 points
- Quinnipiac: Net approval down among Republicans – 16%; 89% Dec. 10 to 73% January 18
- Washington Post/ABC: Approve Biden’s transition – 67%
Although Joe Biden has a high approval rating for his handling of the transition, he begins office with a nation in a very sour mood. Two recent polls have only 12 percent and 17 percent of Americans saying the country is moving in the right direction.