Biden's favorability rating rises while Trump's slips: Gallup

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenIRS to roll out payments for ,000 child tax credit in July Capitol Police told not to use most aggressive tactics in riot response, report finds Biden to accompany first lady to appointment for 'common medical procedure' MORE’s favorability ratings are up since the election while President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to move ahead with billion UAE weapons sale approved by Trump Fox News hires high-profile defense team in Dominion defamation lawsuit Associate indicted in Gaetz scandal cooperating with DOJ: report MORE’s dipped slightly during the same period, according to new polling from Gallup.

The survey found Biden’s approval rating at 55 percent, his highest since February of last year, two months before he announced his candidacy. His rating is now 6 points higher than just before the election. 

Trump’s approval rating, meanwhile, is at 42 percent, down 3 points from before the election.


Biden's rating is bolstered by independents and Republicans, according to the survey. Independents’ approval grew 7 points, from 48 percent to 55 percent, while Republicans' approval of the former vice president rose from 6 percent to 12 percent. Democrats’ approval of Biden, which is in the 90s, remained largely unchanged, according to Gallup.

In recent weeks, Republicans' approval of Trump has dropped 6 points to 89 percent.

Winning presidential candidates for the last 20 years have almost always seen a boost in approval after Election Day. The exception was in 2000, when both George W. Bush's and Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreHow Democrats can defy the odds in 2022 The information superhighway must be accessible and affordable for all American Rescue Plan: Ending child poverty — let's make it permanent MORE’s approval ratings remained static in the weeks until a winner was determined. On Dec. 12 of that year, when the Supreme Court’s Bush v. Gore decision clinched Bush’s victory, Bush saw a 4-point increase.

Biden’s current favorability is also in line with the historical trend of a clear majority approving of the election winner. Trump’s approval rating after the 2016 election is the only exception this century, Gallup noted.

The trend is less clear among losing presidential candidates, however. Then-Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump knocks CNN for 'completely false' report Gaetz was denied meeting The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - Biden, lawmakers start down a road with infrastructure Sylvester Stallone reportedly joins Trump's Mar-a-Lago MORE (R-Ariz.) saw a 14-point increase after losing to Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAmerica needs an Operation Warp Speed for cancer Why does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Obama on Daunte Wright: We need to reimagine policing MORE in 2008, while fellow Republican nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyFamily policy that could appeal to the right and the left Press: Corporate America defies the GOP Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' MORE saw a boost after his 2012 loss as well. Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Republican legislators target private sector election grants How Democrats can defy the odds in 2022 MORE saw no change after her 2016 loss, and polling did not measure then-Sen. John KerryJohn KerryOvernight Energy: Michigan reps reintroduce measure for national 'forever chemicals' standard |  White House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill Kerry to visit China ahead of White House climate summit CO2 tax support is based in myth: Taxing essential energy harms more than it helps MORE’s (D-Mass.) approval in the immediate wake of the 2004 election.

Pollsters surveyed 1,018 adults from Nov. 5 to 19 for the new poll, which has a 4-point margin of error.