Biden’s average approval rating is 55% and his average disapproval rating is 39%, which makes for an average net approval rating of +16 points.
So far, Biden’s proven to be even steadier than Trump. And very much unlike Trump, people seem to actually like what Biden is doing.
Biden’s net approval rating a month ago stood at +18 points in an average of polls. That means his net approval has shifted by only 2 points in his first month in office.
Some of that permanence was almost certainly because Trump was on the ballot. What doesn’t get mentioned anywhere near as much is that Biden’s own net favorability rating during the campaign was also pretty much unmovable. It traded between a 10-point range from 0 points to +10 points in live interview polls from June through the election.
There’s really no way of knowing how steady Biden’s approval rating will be over the next few months.
But you can see how the formula Biden used during the 2020 campaign could work for him in the White House.
Perhaps most importantly, Biden’s not the news magnet that Trump was. He is boring by comparison, and it seems to work for him.
And likely because of the Senate impeachment trial of his predecessor, Biden managed to be searched less on Google than Trump was during the first month of the Biden administration.
This brings up a big question for Biden over the next few months: How much of his presidency will be viewed as Biden as his own entity vs. as a counter to Trump? Normally, the campaign ends in November.
Biden likely welcomes the contrast. If the last year is any indication, Biden’s popularity will likely benefit from being in a continuous campaign against or at least in comparison with the former president.