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

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE’s favorability ratings are up since the election while President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT 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 GoreWill Pence be able to escape the Trump stain? Vice President Pence: Honor in humility Pence rises to the occasion, to truly save America 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 McCainThe best way to handle veterans, active-duty military that participated in Capitol riot Cindy McCain on possible GOP censure: 'I think I'm going to make T-shirts' Arizona state GOP moves to censure Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake MORE (R-Ariz.) saw a 14-point increase after losing to Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden-Harris team unveils inauguration playlist Can the GOP break its addiction to show biz? The challenge of Biden's first days: staying focused and on message MORE in 2008, while fellow Republican nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyImpeachment trial tests Trump's grip on Senate GOP 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history MORE saw a boost after his 2012 loss as well. Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRep. John Katko: Why I became the first Republican lawmaker to support impeachment Can we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? For Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team MORE saw no change after her 2016 loss, and polling did not measure then-Sen. John KerryJohn KerryFor Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team Biden's trade policy needs effective commercial diplomacy Biden taps ex-Obama aide Anita Dunn as senior adviser 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.