As President Joe Biden prepares to deliver his State of the Union address, here’s a look at how Americans rated him in the latest NBC News poll, released late last month.
Biden’s approval rating is 45%, unchanged from November 1.
Biden’s approval rating has held strong in NBC polls since September, at either 44% or 45% (which includes a mix of polls of registered voters and a broader sample of adults).
That’s a significant improvement from the 39% approval rating adults gave him in May, but still well below the 53% approval rating he earned in April 2021.
Notably, 50% of adults disapproved of Biden in the most recent NBC poll, the lowest since August 2021.
Public gives Biden low marks on economy, foreign policy, unity, health
Just 41% of adults approved of his handling of the Russia-Ukraine war, the same number who approved of his handling of foreign policy in general.
Only 36% approved of his handling of the economy, an issue that continues to emerge as one of the most important to Americans. Only 31% rated him positively for being competent and effective as president, 28% rated him positively for «having the necessary physical and mental health to be president,» and 23% rated him positively for «uniting the country.»
The highest marks are for being calm and pleasant.
Biden scored the best when respondents were asked to rate him for being «calm and personable,» with 45% rating him positively and 34% rating him negatively.
Forty-two percent rated him positively for «having enough knowledge and experience to handle the presidency,» compared to 43% who rated him negatively for that characteristic.
Most voters have reservations about Biden running again
Like the man he beat in the 2020 presidential race, former President Donald Trump, most registered voters are uncomfortable with the prospect of Biden running for president again.
Just 32% say they are excited or comfortable with Biden running for president in 2024, while a combined 67% said they had some reservations or were very uncomfortable with the idea.