The left’s disapproval of Joe Biden
ActiVote’s November 2023 monthly presidential approval poll finds that President Biden’s overall approval rating has plummeted to his lowest on record. A deeper dive into the numbers shows that at this time it is especially the left which is voicing their disapproval, while the right has been consistent in their disapproval for most of Biden’s presidency.
ActiVote users have weighed in on Biden’s approval rating since April 2021, with on average 926 participants per month, rating Biden on a 1-5 star rating, which is then converted into standard “approval” and “disapproval” percentages.
Biden’s November 2023 rating has plummeted to just 36% approval (and 57% disapproval), equal to his previous low in July 2022.
Biden’s average for the 14-month period from August 2022 until September 2023 had been close to 41%, including his 41% approval rating in September 2023 before his rating dropped to 39% in October and now hit an all-time low with 36% in November 2023.
While we do not ask our users about the exact reasons behind their rating, the main event dominating the news in October/November 2023 was the Israel-Palestine conflict and criticism from progressives on Biden’s handling of the conflict. Our data shows that lower support from the left is indeed driving down Biden’s most recent ratings.
First, let’s look at support across the political spectrum for Biden during his complete tenure of the past few years:
The graph shows a clear pattern – Biden was most popular with the moderate left. The most progressive voters are more critical of Biden than the moderates. The further right we move, the more people rate Biden with the minimum 1 out of 5.
If we look at the same graph just for October/November 2023, we see a significant change on the left.
The 1* ratings in the left four groups doubled from on average just 7.5% to 15%, while strong disapproval in the right six groups stayed the same. Clearly, Biden’s problem right now is diminished support from the left.
If there is any silver lining for Biden to these otherwise dismal approval ratings, it is that in a potential rematch with former president Trump, those on the left criticizing Biden’s support for Israel probably won’t like the alternative presented by the former president whose administration has been at least as supportive of Israel as the Biden administration: Trump moved the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, cut off funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and secured the Abraham Accords.