According to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey released by The Hill on Monday, President Biden and former President Trump are statistically even in terms of voter favorability in the United States.
According to the poll, 48% of respondents think Trump was a good president, compared to 46% who think his successor is a good president. However, Biden’s popularity is slipping: 49 percent of those polled had an unfavorable view of the incumbent president, while somewhat fewer — 47 percent — hold an unfavorable view of Trump.
The findings are a remarkable shift for Biden, who repeatedly outperformed Trump’s favorability numbers throughout the early months of his presidency.
But multiple crises, including a surge in new COVID-19 infections in recent months and the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, have bruised public perceptions of Biden.
Fifty-one percent of respondents now say Trump was a better president than Biden, while 49 percent prefer the White House’s current occupant, the poll shows.
[…] The latest Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey also shows Biden’s overall approval rating under water for the first time since he took office. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed say they approve of the job he’s doing in the White House, while 50 percent disapprove.
That follows on the heels of a July Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey that showed his approval rating sinking to 52 percent from 62 percent in June.