It was shocking, but even more puzzling. A consensus of commentators, pundits, pollsters, handicappers, and election forecasters (myself included) had predicted that President Joe Biden would start his presidency with high approval ratings. But now, just a few months into his tenure, his approval rating has dropped significantly.
According to Real Clear Politics' (RCP) average of polls, as of June 2021, Biden's approval rating stands at 53.6%, while his disapproval rating is at 42.2%. While these numbers might not seem alarming, they are a sharp decline from just a few months ago when his approval rating was over 60%.
The drop in Biden's approval rating has led to speculation about the future of his presidency. Some analysts have suggested that his declining popularity could hurt his ability to pass key pieces of legislation, such as his infrastructure plan. Others have argued that it could make it more difficult for the White House to maintain control of Congress in the 2022 midterm elections.