The presidential approval rating.
The share of Americans who approve of the job he is doing. Also the number that could determine the fate of the entire presidency.
Is it having an effect on Pennsylvania voters? It appears that way.
FiveThirtyEight’s daily average of polls has President Joe Biden’s nationwide approval rate at 41.7 percent. On the flip side, 53.3 percent disapprove of the job Biden is doing.
According to data from the PA Department of State, 899 Democrats changed their party registration to Republican, while just 206 GOP voters changed their registration to Democrat during the week ending January 24.
From January 1-24, 2,553 Pennsylvania Democrats changed their affiliation to Republican and 763 Republicans changed to Democrats. A significant number of Pennsylvania voters also turned their back on both major parties, as 1,689 Republicans and Democrats changed their registration to another party or not affiliated.
Those snapshots are consistent with what’s been happening over the last year in Pennsylvania. While registrations for both parties are down compared with November 2020, Democrats are down more:
- 9.090 million registered voters
- 4.229 million Democrats
- 3.543 million Republicans
- 1.319 million Others or not affiliated
January 24, 2022
- 8.725 million registered voters in Pennsylvania
- 4.014 million Democrats (down 215,000)
- 3.423 million Republicans (down 120,000)
- 1.287 million Others or not affiliated (down 32,000)
Nationally, a recent Gallup poll showed that more U.S. adults identify as Democrat versus Republican (46-43). However, the full-year average indicated a shift from a nine-percentage-point Democrat advantage in the first quarter to a five-point Republican edge in the fourth quarter.
As for Biden’s 41.7 percent approval rating, here’s how it compares with other presidents at the same point of their term (day 373):
54.4 – Bill Clinton
52.1 – Jimmy Carter
48.6 – Barack Obama
47.2 – Ronald Reagan
41.7 – Joe Biden
38.8 – Donald Trump
How does the 53.3 disapproval rate compare?
56.2 – Donald Trump
53.3 – Joe Biden
45.9 – Barack Obama
41.7 – Ronald Reagan
33.1 – Bill Clinton
28.0 – Jimmy Carter
Note: Neither Bush 41 nor 43 is included as the Iraq war and the 9/11 attacks skewed the figures.