Ipsos Core Political : Presidential Approval Tracker (09/16/2021)

President Biden's approval rating hits another low as more Americans disapprove of his handling of COVID-19 and other issues

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  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, September 16, 2021 – The economy and public health continue to be the most pressing issues for Americans and President Biden’s approval rating remains under 50%.


Pessimism over the direction the country is headed in continues to be high with 61% of Americans believing it is off on the wrong track. This sentiment is felt primarily by Republicans (86%) and independents (67%).

trackAmericans are most concerned about the economy (17%), public health (16%), immigration (9%), and the healthcare system (9%).

Main issues Americans are facingRepublicans (20%) and independents (25%) are most concerned about the economy, while Democrats believe public health (21%) is most important. Independents are also concerned about public health (21%), but only 10% of Republicans are. On immigration, 17% of Republicans believe it is the most important issue, followed by 11% of independents, but only 2% of Democrats.

Main issues Americans are facing by party idPresident Biden’s approval rating is at its lowest this week, with only 44% of Americans approving of his performance.  

Biden ApprovalFour out of five Democrats approve of President Biden’s performance as President, but only 33% of independents and 11% of Republicans do. 

Biden Approval by party idIn light of public health and the economy being the most pressing issues to Americans, roughly a third of Americans would like Biden to prioritize the COVID-19 pandemic (38%) and the economy (32%).

PrioritiesDemocrats are most likely to want President Biden to prioritize COVID-19 (55%), while Republicans would like it to be immigration (36%). All parties also want the economy prioritized.

Priorities by party idPresident Biden has seen his approval rating on issues decrease over the past couple of months. His approval on COVID-19 has decreased six percentage points (48% vs. 54%) since early August when we last asked.  A six percent decrease can also be seen in his efforts to unify the country (40% vs. 46% in August). A slight decrease was also observed among most other issues.

Issue ApprovalRepublicans’ disapproval of Biden’s handling of the issues has increased over the past month or so with his approval on employment and jobs decreasing seven percent since early August (15% vs. 22%) and ten percent on the environment (20% vs. 30%). Democrats remain largely loyal to Biden although their approval on the environment has also decreased five percent (72% vs. 77%).

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About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between September 15-16, 2021. For this survey, a sample of 1,005 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 442 Democrats, 360 Republicans, and 111 independents. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. The poll also has a credibility interval of ± 5.3 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.9 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 10.6 percentage points for independents.  

For more information on this news release, please contact:

Chris Jackson
Senior Vice President, US
Public Affairs
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Kate Silverstein
Media Relations, US
Public Affairs
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The author(s)

  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs