Monmouth Poll: Biden and Harris Earn Similar Job Ratings

President Joe Biden addresses the nation.

Neither President Joe Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris earn positive ratings from the American public as a whole, but both get good marks from at least 3 in 4 of their fellow Democrats. The Monmouth University Poll also finds that less than 1 in 4 register approval of the U.S. Congress or feel the country is headed in the right direction.

Public opinion of how Biden is doing as president has remained stable since the end of last year. Currently, 41% of Americans approve of his job performance while 51% disapprove. These results are similar to Monmouth polls taken in December (42% approve and 50% disapprove) and January (43% approve and 48% disapprove). Biden’s rating had been slowly improving after hitting a low point last June (36% approve and 58% disapprove), but that trajectory seems to have hit a wall.

The poll also asked about the performance of Vice President Harris, who receives a job rating of 36% approve and 53% disapprove. Both the president and vice president get similar ratings from independents (about 3 in 10 approval for both) and Republicans (6% approval for both). Democrats give a slightly more positive rating to Biden (86% approve and 9% disapprove) than to Harris (76% approve and 16% disapprove), but this difference is not statistically significant. [Note: This is the first time Monmouth has asked the vice president’s job rating.]

“There are some differences between the two, but on the whole, rank and file Democrats seem to hold largely positive opinions of both the president and vice president,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Public opinion of the U.S. Congress stands at 23% approve and 68% disapprove. Congressional approval has hovered between 15% and 26% since summer 2021. There are no significant partisan differences in public opinion of the job the Congress is doing; just 27% of Democrats, 22% of independents, and 21% of Republicans register approval.

The poll also finds only 22% of Americans say things in the country are going in the right direction while 72% say they have gotten off on the wrong track. The right direction number has ranged between 10% and 31% since September 2021, after hitting a relative high of 46% in April 2021. Unlike the poll’s congressional rating, Democrats (46%) are more likely than independents (17%) or Republicans (5%) to feel the country is headed in the right direction. This follows a trend in Monmouth’s polls where fellow partisans of the current president tend to be relatively more positive about the nation as a whole.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from March 16 to 20, 2023 with 805 adults in the United States.  The question results in this release have a margin of error of +/- 5.8 percentage points for the full sample. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ.

 

QUESTIONS AND RESULTS     

(* Some columns may not add to 100% due to rounding.)

 

  1. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Joe Biden is doing as president?
  TREND: March
2023
Jan.
2023
Dec.
2022
Oct.
2022
Sept.
2022
Aug.
2022
June
2022
May
2022
March
2022
Jan.
2022
Approve 41% 43% 42% 40% 38% 38% 36% 38% 39% 39%
Disapprove 51% 48% 50% 53% 54% 56% 58% 57% 54% 54%
(VOL) No opinion 8% 9% 8% 7% 8% 7% 6% 5% 7% 7%
(n) (805) (805) (805) (808) (806) (808) (978) (807) (809) (794)

 

  TREND:
Continued
Dec.
2021
Nov.
2021
Sept.
2021
July
2021
June
2021
April
2021
March
2021
Jan.
2021
Approve 40% 42% 46% 48% 48% 54% 51% 54%
Disapprove 50% 50% 46% 44% 43% 41% 42% 30%
(VOL) No opinion 11% 9% 8% 8% 9% 5% 8% 16%
(n) (808) (811) (802) (804) (810) (800) (802) (809)

 

  1. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Kamala Harris is doing as vice president?
  March
2023
Approve 36%
Disapprove 53%
No opinion 12%
(n) (805)

 

  1. Do you approve or disapprove of the job the U.S. Congress is doing?
TREND: March
2023
Jan.
2023
Approve 23% 19%
Disapprove 68% 67%
(VOL) No opinion 10% 14%
(n) (805) (805)

 

  TREND: Dec.
2022
Oct.
2022
Sept.
2022
Aug.
2022
June
2022
May
2022
March
2022
Jan.
2022
Dec.
2021
Nov.
2021
Sept.
2021
July
2021
June
2021
April
2021
March
2021
Jan.
2021
Approve 26% 23% 23% 17% 15% 15% 21% 19% 23% 18% 22% 23% 21% 35% 30% 35%
Disapprove 62% 69% 66% 74% 78% 77% 71% 74% 66% 70% 65% 62% 65% 56% 59% 51%
(VOL) No opinion 12% 8% 11% 9% 7% 8% 8% 6% 11% 12% 13% 15% 15% 9% 11% 14%
(n) (805) (808) (806) (808) (978) (807) (809) (794) (808) (811) (802) (804) (810) (800) (802) (809)

 

  TREND:

Continued

Nov.
2020
Early June
2020
May
2020
April
2020
Feb.
2020
Jan.
2020
Dec.
2019
Nov.
2019
Sept.
2019
Aug.
2019
June
2019
May
2019
April
2019
March
2019
Jan.
2019
Approve 23% 22% 32% 32% 20% 24% 22% 23% 21% 17% 19% 20% 24% 23% 18%
Disapprove 64% 69% 55% 55% 69% 62% 65% 64% 68% 71% 69% 71% 62% 68% 72%
(VOL) No opinion 13% 9% 13% 13% 11% 14% 13% 13% 11% 13% 12% 9% 14% 9% 10%
(n) (810) (807) (808) (857) (902) (903) (903) (908) (1,161) (800) (751) (802) (801) (802) (805)

 

  TREND: Continued Nov.
2018
Aug.
2018
June
2018
April
2018
March
2018
Jan.
2018
Dec.
2017
Sept.
2017
Aug.
2017
July
2017
May
2017
March
2017
Jan.
2017
Approve 23% 17% 19% 17% 18% 21% 16% 17% 18% 19% 19% 25% 23%
Disapprove 63% 69% 67% 71% 72% 68% 65% 69% 69% 70% 68% 59% 66%
(VOL) No opinion 14% 14% 14% 12% 11% 11% 19% 15% 13% 11% 13% 16% 11%
(n) (802) (805) (806) (803) (803) (806) (806) (1,009) (805) (800) (1,002) (801) (801)

 

  TREND: Continued Sept.
2016*
Aug.
2016*
June
2016*
March
2016
Jan.
2016
Dec.
2015
Oct.
2015
Sept.
2015
Aug.
2015
July
2015
June
2015
April
2015
Jan.
2015
Dec.
2014
July
2013
Approve 15% 14% 17% 22% 17% 16% 17% 19% 18% 18% 19% 21% 18% 17% 14%
Disapprove 77% 78% 76% 68% 73% 73% 71% 71% 72% 69% 71% 67% 70% 73% 76%
(VOL) No opinion 8% 9% 7% 10% 10% 10% 12% 11% 11% 12% 10% 12% 11% 11% 10%
(n) (802) (803) (803) (1,008) (1,003) (1,006) (1,012) (1,009) (1,203) (1,001) (1,002) (1,005) (1,003) (1,008) (1,012)

        * Registered voters

 

  1. Would you say things in the country are going in the right direction, or have they gotten off on the wrong track?
 TREND: March
2023
Jan.
2023
Right direction 22% 24%
Wrong track 72% 73%
(VOL) Depends 3% 1%
(VOL) Don’t know 3% 2%
(n) (805) (805)

 

 TREND: Dec.
2022
Sept.
2022
Aug.
2022
June
2022
May
2022
March
2022
Jan.
2022
Dec.
2021
Nov.
2021
Sept.
2021
July
2021
June
2021
April
2021
March
2021
Jan.
2021
Right direction 28% 23% 15% 10% 18% 24% 24% 30% 31% 29% 38% 37% 46% 34% 42%
Wrong track 68% 74% 82% 88% 79% 73% 71% 66% 64% 65% 56% 57% 50% 61% 51%
(VOL) Depends 2% 2% 1% 1% 2% 1% 3% 1% 2% 4% 3% 3% 2% 4% 3%
(VOL) Don’t know 3% 2% 2% 1% 2% 2% 2% 3% 3% 2% 4% 3% 2% 2% 4%
(n) (805) (806) (808) (978) (807) (809) (794) (808) (811) (802) (804) (810) (800) (802) (809)

 

  TREND:
Continued
Nov.
2020
Early Sept.
2020
Aug.
2020
Late June
2020
Early June
2020
May
2020
April
2020
March
2020
Feb.
2020
Jan.
2020
Right direction 26% 27% 22% 18% 21% 33% 30% 39% 37% 37%
Wrong track 68% 66% 72% 74% 74% 60% 61% 54% 57% 56%
(VOL) Depends 4% 4% 4% 5% 4% 4% 5% 4% 6% 6%
(VOL) Don’t know 2% 3% 2% 3% 1% 3% 5% 3% 1% 1%
(n) (810) (867) (868) (867) (807) (808) (857) (851) (902) (903)

 

  TREND:
Continued
Dec.
2019
Nov.
2019
Sept.
2019
Aug.
2019
June
2019
May
2019
April
2019
March
2019
Nov.
2018
Aug.
2018
June
2018
April
2018
March
2018
Jan.
2018
Right direction 32% 30% 30% 28% 31% 29% 28% 29% 35% 35% 40% 33% 31% 37%
Wrong track 56% 61% 61% 62% 62% 63% 62% 63% 55% 57% 53% 58% 61% 57%
(VOL) Depends 8% 7% 6% 8% 6% 4% 7% 6% 7% 6% 3% 5% 6% 3%
(VOL) Don’t know 4% 2% 2% 2% 2% 3% 3% 2% 3% 3% 3% 4% 1% 3%
(n) (903) (908) (1,161) (800) (751) (802) (801) (802) (802) (805) (806) (803) (803) (806)

 

  TREND:
Continued
Dec.
2017
Aug.
2017
May
2017
March
2017
Jan.
2017
Aug.
2016*
Oct.
2015
July
2015
June
2015
April
2015
Dec.
2014
July
2013
Right direction 24% 32% 31% 35% 29% 30% 24% 28% 23% 27% 23% 28%
Wrong track 66% 58% 61% 56% 65% 65% 66% 63% 68% 66% 69% 63%
(VOL) Depends 7% 4% 5% 4% 4% 2% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5%
(VOL) Don’t know 3% 5% 3% 5% 2% 3% 4% 3% 3% 2% 3% 4%
(n) (806) (805) (1,002) (801) (801) (803) (1,012) (1,001) (1,002) (1,005) (1,008) (1,012)

        * Registered voters

 

[Q5-27 held for future release.]

 

METHODOLOGY

The Monmouth University Poll was sponsored and conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute from March 16 to 20, 2023 with a probability-based national random sample of 805 adults age 18 and older. This includes 284 contacted by a live interviewer on a landline telephone and 521 contacted by a live interviewer on a cell phone, in English. Telephone numbers were selected through a mix of random digit dialing and list-based sampling. Landline respondents were selected with a modified Troldahl-Carter youngest adult household screen. Interviewing services were provided by Braun Research, with sample obtained from Dynata (RDD, n= 479), Aristotle (list, n= 133) and a panel of prior Monmouth poll participants (n= 193). Monmouth is responsible for all aspects of the survey design, data weighting and analysis. The full sample is weighted for region, age, education, gender and race based on US Census information (ACS 2021 one-year survey). For results based on this sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling has a maximum margin of plus or minus 5.8 percentage points (adjusted for sample design effects). Sampling error can be larger for sub-groups (see table below). In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of opinion polls.

 

DEMOGRAPHICS (weighted)
Self-Reported
25% Republican
45% Independent
30% Democrat
 
49% Male
51% Female
 
29% 18-34
33% 35-54
38% 55+
 
61% White
12% Black
17% Hispanic
10% Asian/Other
 
67% No degree
33% 4 year degree

 

MARGIN OF ERROR
unweighted  sample moe
(+/-)
TOTAL   805 5.8%
REGISTERED VOTER Yes 748 6.0%
No 57 21.8%
SELF-REPORTED PARTY ID Republican 216 11.2%
Independent 331 9.1%
Democrat 243 10.6%
IDEOLOGY Liberal 183 12.2%
Moderate 330 9.1%
Conservative 258 10.3%
GENDER Male 395 8.3%
Female 410 8.1%
AGE 18-34 124 14.8%
35-54 291 9.7%
55+ 389 8.3%
CHILDREN IN HOME Yes 201 11.6%
No 600 6.7%
RACE White, non-Hispanic 573 6.9%
Other 216 11.2%
COLLEGE GRADUATE No degree 394 8.3%
4 year degree 407 8.2%
WHITE COLLEGE White, no degree 288 9.7%
White, 4 year degree 284 9.8%
INCOME <$50K 231 10.8%
$50 to <$100K 232 10.8%
$100K+ 300 9.5%

 

 

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One response to “Monmouth Poll: Biden and Harris Earn Similar Job Ratings”

  1. Left-wing Monmouth Poll is not credible. Over 60% of their poll respondents are Democrat. Even though the article claims Biden has a 41% job approval rating, and V.P. Kabala Harris has a 36% job approval rating. These are seriously bad numbers as it is. But, the skewed Monmouth Poll gives them more points than they deserve or really have. Biden’s approval ratings are actually in the low 30s with Harris in the low 20s. These polls were taken by McLaughlin Poll, which seems to be the standard for fair polls.

    Biden NEEDS to resign now for botching the economy, causing unnecessary high inflation, causing huge job losses despite propaganda that he’s making more jobs .

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