Special Report

These Americans Hate the Biden Administration the Most

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As he campaigns for a second term in the White House, President Joe Biden is in a uniquely weak position with American voters. According to Gallup survey data, Biden’s job approval rating stands at just 41%, the lowest of any elected, post-World War II president at the start of their fourth year in office. These former presidents include Donald Trump, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter, each of whom lost their bid for reelection.

Unfavorable views of President Biden are largely driven by his perceived handling of key issues — specifically illegal immigration, inflation, and the economy as a whole, according to Gallup. A smaller share of voters also have negative opinions of some of the president’s personal characteristics, including his age, competence, and overall health.

Whatever the explanation, most Americans do not think Biden is up to the job. Notably, however, perceptions of the president vary widely between demographic groups, and certain subsets of voters are much more likely to approve — or disapprove — of the Biden administration than others.

Using survey data from the Pew Research Center, 24/7 Wall St. identified which Americans like, and dislike, Biden the most. We considered sub-categories of eight demographic distinctions — age, educational attainment, gender, income, community, race and ethnicity, religion, and party affiliation — and listed Biden’s net approval and disapproval rating for each. Due to rounding, approval or disapproval ratings may not always add up to 100%. Supplemental estimates of each group’s relative political influence is from the U.S. Census Bureau and other surveys, including the Public Religion Research Institute.

The voters most likely to approve of the job Biden is doing as president are generally highly educated, higher earning, and not religious. These Americans tend to be older, and are more likely to reside in urban areas and identify as Black or Asian. Conversely, younger Americans, as well as those who reside in rural areas, identify as white or protestant are generally less likely to approve the president. (Here is a look at Biden’s disapproval rating in every state.)

Not surprisingly, the strongest indicator of public opinion toward the Biden administration is party affiliation. Only 7% of likely Republican voters approve of Biden, compared to 61% of likely Democratic voters. (Here is a look at the most partisan issues in American politics.)

Gender: Men

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 33% — 11th highest of 24 categories (16% very strongly approve; 17% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 65% — 8th highest of 24 categories (47% very strongly disapprove; 17% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 49.1% of voting age population

Gender: Women

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 33% — 11th highest of 24 categories (18% very strongly approve; 15% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 63% — 13th highest of 24 categories (40% very strongly disapprove; 21% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 50.9% of voting age population

Age: 18-29

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 30% — 18th highest of 24 categories (11% very strongly approve; 18% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 68% — 4th highest of 24 categories (40% very strongly disapprove; 28% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 20.4% of voting age population

Age: 30-49

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 33% — 11th highest of 24 categories (12% very strongly approve; 21% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 64% — 11th highest of 24 categories (42% very strongly disapprove; 22% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 33.3% of voting age population

Age: 50-64

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 36% — 9th highest of 24 categories (21% very strongly approve; 14% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 61% — 17th highest of 24 categories (45% very strongly disapprove; 15% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 24.1% of voting age population

Age: 65+

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 34% — 10th highest of 24 categories (24% very strongly approve; 10% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 63% — 13th highest of 24 categories (48% very strongly disapprove; 13% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 22.2% of voting age population

Educational attainment: High school or less

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 28% — 21st highest of 24 categories (16% very strongly approve; 12% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 67% — 7th highest of 24 categories (45% very strongly disapprove; 21% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 33.4% of voting age population

Educational attainment: Some college

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 30% — 18th highest of 24 categories (14% very strongly approve; 15% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 68% — 4th highest of 24 categories (49% very strongly disapprove; 18% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 20.0% of voting age population

Educational attainment: College graduate

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 37% — 7th highest of 24 categories (16% very strongly approve; 21% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 62% — 16th highest of 24 categories (43% very strongly disapprove; 18% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 27.5% of voting age population

Educational attainment: Postgraduate degree

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 48% — 3rd highest of 24 categories (25% very strongly approve; 23% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 50% — 22nd highest of 24 categories (31% very strongly disapprove; 19% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 11.6% of voting age population

Race/ethnicity: White

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 30% — 18th highest of 24 categories (15% very strongly approve; 14% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 68% — 4th highest of 24 categories (52% very strongly disapprove; 15% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 73.6% of voting age population

Race/ethnicity: Hispanic

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 33% — 11th highest of 24 categories (14% very strongly approve; 18% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 63% — 13th highest of 24 categories (34% very strongly disapprove; 29% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 24.4% of voting age population

Race/ethnicity: Asian

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 37% — 7th highest of 24 categories (17% very strongly approve; 20% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 60% — 18th highest of 24 categories (32% very strongly disapprove; 28% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 7.4% of voting age population

Race/ethnicity: Black

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 52% — 2nd highest of 24 categories (30% very strongly approve; 21% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 43% — 23rd highest of 24 categories (20% very strongly disapprove; 23% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 15.2% of voting age population

Income: Lower income (less than $47,900)

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 31% — 17th highest of 24 categories (17% very strongly approve; 14% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 65% — 8th highest of 24 categories (41% very strongly disapprove; 23% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: Approx. 33.9% of U.S. households

Income: Middle income ($47,900 to $143,600)

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 33% — 11th highest of 24 categories (16% very strongly approve; 17% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 64% — 11th highest of 24 categories (46% very strongly disapprove; 17% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: Approx. 46.0% of U.S. households

Income: Upper income (over $143,600)

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 38% — 6th highest of 24 categories (19% very strongly approve; 20% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 60% — 18th highest of 24 categories (42% very strongly disapprove; 17% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: Aprrox. 20.1% of U.S. households

Religion: Protestant

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 27% — 22nd highest of 24 categories (15% very strongly approve; 12% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 70% — 3rd highest of 24 categories (52% very strongly disapprove; 17% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 41.2% of U.S. population

Religion: Catholic

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 33% — 11th highest of 24 categories (17% very strongly approve; 15% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 65% — 8th highest of 24 categories (45% very strongly disapprove; 20% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 23.1% of U.S. population

Religion: Unaffiliated

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 41% — 5th highest of 24 categories (19% very strongly approve; 21% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 57% — 20th highest of 24 categories (35% very strongly disapprove; 21% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 26.8% of U.S. population

Community: Rural

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 24% — 23rd highest of 24 categories (14% very strongly approve; 10% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 72% — 2nd highest of 24 categories (55% very strongly disapprove; 16% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 20.0% of U.S. population

Community: Urban

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 42% — 4th highest of 24 categories (20% very strongly approve; 22% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 55% — 21st highest of 24 categories (31% very strongly disapprove; 24% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 80.0% of U.S. population (incl. suburban population)

Party affiliation: Likely Republican

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 7% — the lowest of 24 categories (2% very strongly approve; 5% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 92% — the highest of 24 categories (77% very strongly disapprove; 15% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 46.9% of voters in 2020 presidential election

Party affiliation: Likely Democrat

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  • President Biden’s approval rating: 61% — the highest of 24 categories (32% very strongly approve; 28% approve, but not strongly)
  • President Biden’s disapproval rating: 37% — the highest of 24 categories (14% very strongly disapprove; 22% disapprove, but not strongly)
  • Relative demographic influence: 51.3% of voters in 2020 presidential election

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