When the media started obsessing over the drop in Biden's approval rating - practically declaring him a lame duck president - I thought it would be interesting to look at what happened to the approval ratings of past presidents during their first nine months in office. I found exactly what I expected.
According the the aggregate of polls at FiveThirtyEight, Biden began with an approval rating of 53% and has dropped 8 points to 45%. Here's how it looks for previous presidents during their first 233 days in office:
- Trump went from 45.4% to 38.8%, a drop of 6.6
- Obama went from 68% to 51.1%, a drop of 16.9
- Clinton went from 54% to 44.2%, a drop of 9.8
[They held] secret meetings led by House GOP whip Eric Cantor (in December 2008) and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (in early January 2009) in which they laid out their daring (though cynical and political) no-honeymoon strategy of all-out resistance to a popular President-elect during an economic emergency. “If he was for it,” former Ohio Senator George Voinovich explained, “we had to be against it.”
That is how the GOP became the post-policy party focused solely on grievance politics and culture wars. In other words, it is why they went from the party of Ronald Reagan to MAGA nonsense.