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How Does Biden Compare in His First 50 Days…?

Looking at a president’s first 50 days is a good indicator of how successful the entire presidential term is going to be.

During a bruising campaign, Biden made a host of pledges his Administration would work on during his first 100 days.

On March 11, a year after the US was shut down as virus numbers escalated, the 46th President gave his first primetime address to the nation, a chance to take stock of his Administration’s performance so far.

He hailed the performance on Covid-19 vaccine distribution after pledging to get “100 million covid vaccine shots into the arms of the American people in the first 100 days”, as that target looks set to be reached in just 60. He also waxed lyrical about the $1.9 trillion Covid Relief Bill, passed just the day before.

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So, is Biden’s apparent success reflected in his approval rating? On day 52 of his presidency, Biden sat at 53.2%, according to website FiveThirtyEight who aggregate presidential approval polls and give a weighted average.

Here’s how his predecessors faired.

Donald Trump (2017-2021)

The 45th President famously never broke through the 50% approval rating throughout the entirety of his time in office. 

However, on day 52 of his term, his approval rating stood at a relative high point, at 44.5%.

Barack Obama (2009-2017)

Obama rode to the White House on the back of a strong general election performance on a wave of ‘hope’.

His 52-day approval rating was 59.5%.

George W Bush (2001-2009)

The last ‘establishment’ Republican to hold office before Biden, W’s approval rating at the 52-day mark stood at 56.7%.

Bill Clinton (1993-2001)

The 42nd President, who served two terms in the Oval Office, was relatively popular in his first 52 days, with an approval rating of 59.1%.

George HW Bush (1989-1993)

A one-term President, Republican HW stood proudly behind a 52-day approval rating of 62%.

Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)

Still finding his feet after a surprising run to the Oval Office, Reagan’s first 52 days resulted in an approval rating of 54%.

Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)

Another one-term President, like HW Bush, Carter enjoyed a healthy approval rating after 52 days in office. His rating stood at a whopping 70%.

Gerald Ford (1974-1977)

Perhaps unfairly, but understandably, at a low point in Presidential politics in the US, Ford struggled with a 49.1% approval rating after 52 days.

Richard Nixon (1969-1974)

We all know how it ended, but how did it start? Well, with a 52-day approval rating of 60%.

Lyndon B Johnson (1963-1969)

Like Ford, Johnson started his Presidency in unique circumstances, but his approval rating soared as opposed to suffering, reaching 77% at 52 days.

John F Kennedy (1961-1963)

Before it was so violently ended, JFK’s rise to the Oval started positively, with a 52-day approval rating of 72%.

So how have Biden’s first 100 days gone when comparing approval rating polls? Somewhat fittingly, with a divided Senate and country, and after winning with 51.3% of the vote, it would seem it is following party lines.



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