Biden's favorability dips
May 23rd, 2012
05:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden's favorability dips

(CNN) - While his boss has seen his favorability ratings fluctuate during their first three years in office, Joe Biden's favorability as vice president had, until Wednesday, outpaced his unfavorability.

Those scales tipped - though slightly – in a poll released Tuesday, which showed 45% had favorable views of his tenure while 42% disagreed, although the three-point difference is well within the survey's sampling error.

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Between October 2009 and March 2011, the Gallup poll showed relatively small changes in his favorability ratings, with the difference between his favorable and unfavorable numbers never more than five percentage points. His rating was highest just after the 2008 election, when 59% of Americans expressed a favorable opinion of him.

In the recent poll, Biden's level of support among Democrats, at 73%, nearly mirrored Republican's unfavorable view of him. The poll showed independents split with a ten-point margin against him, 47% unfavorable to 37% favorable.

The survey was conducted days after Biden announced his support for same-sex marriage and as his visibility increased with repeated appearances on the campaign trail.

The Gallup telephone poll included 1,012 adults and was conducted between May 10 and 13.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "although the three-point difference is well within the survey's sampling error."

    In other words, another MSM attempt to make mountains out of molehills. Nice headline btw...sure you don't want to gowith something even more misleading?

    May 23, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. kakaraka

    Put Hilary Clinton on the ticket.

    May 23, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Lionel

    Biden is still very popular amongst blue collar folks. I wonder how many were part of the survey. Must have been mostly the Romney 1%. Go Biden Go,

    Obama / Biden 2012

    May 23, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. PJ/TX

    I don't care what the polls say, I will put Joe Biden's compassion, intelligence, integrity, and full throated love for
    America up against anyone the TeaParty aka Republicans have to offer. He is a good and decent man, and I
    would be happy to call him "friend".

    May 23, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. California Conservative

    Biden is a buffoon and that's a compliment.

    May 23, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Myviewis

    I think Obama keeps Biden around for entertainment. Biden doesn't take too many things seriously.

    May 23, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Don't panic Democrats, stick with Biden, all this is wagering on Romney's pick for his VP.

    May 23, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. Justusselah

    Sensible comments never seem to be posted... Any one have a reasonable answer to why? You think CNN doesn't want reasonable debate, only extreme rhetoric?

    May 23, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Barry the jackpot baby

    Biden is clearly a whacko, specially since his eye job few years back

    May 23, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. Larry L

    @California Conservative

    "Biden is a buffoon and that's a compliment."
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    Quotes from Dan Quayle:
    I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican.
    I have made good judgements in the Past. I have made good judgements in the Future.
    People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
    Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child.
    The future will be better tomorrow.
    We're all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the mistakes we may or may not have made.
    What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.
    [It's] time for the human race to enter the solar system.
    Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.
    One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is 'to be prepared'.
    Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it.
    We're going to have the best-educated American people in the world.
    We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur.

    May 23, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. tjm07

    Biden is weaker then Obama...lacks class and intelligence...

    May 23, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. justaminit

    Joe Biden is a good-hearted person who can relate to the working folks. He does not hold back when he believes something, which is refreshing in this spin environment. I would much rather have lunch with him than Mitt Romney. Pretty sure I would be bored with Mitt, since I don't have aspirations of being in the 1%.

    May 23, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    When Obama was elected in 2008, Joe Biden had the job of,"...Looking out for the working people.". Seriously. They said that exactly. So now that the working people have been brutalized for 3 1/2 years, Joe must have somewhere lost his focus. Actually, he has pretty much evolved into the freakiest sideshow in the political circus that is the Obama Administration.

    May 23, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. The REAL Truth...

    this is hilarious.. all this focus on Biden, when Mittens simply CAN'T FIND ANYONE who WANTS to be his expectant RUNNING MATE.. HAHAHHAHHAAA!!!

    May 23, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    Joe the best, Hillary the next best...

    May 23, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. T'sah from Virginia

    Put ANY VP pick on Romney's ticket and it does not help his numbers at all!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    May 23, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. Nameobumma

    Joe is a career pol who made.himself worth 12 mil during his time in dc. CROOk!

    May 23, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Biden has occasionally spoken off the cuff, but at least we know where's he's coming from. He hasn't forgotten his blue-collar roots and is a champion of hard-working Americans everywhere.

    I'll take him any day over whatever Karl Rove/Grover Norquist decide to foist on the American public as a cynical ploy to distract voters from what a lousy candidate Mittens is.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 23, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. California Conservative

    Palin would be a hundered times better than Biden. The only reason democrats praise Biden is because they're stuck with him and have no choice.

    A vote for Obama is a vote fro Biden. Are you democrats really stupid enough to vote for him TWICE???

    May 23, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. Former Republican for President Obama

    I approve of Vice President Biden 100%. He understands the average person.

    May 23, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. Mike

    An Obama-Clinton ticket would be an extraordinary boost to the Democratic effort – it would electrify the electorate, and create an insurmountable obstacle for Romney by securing a huge majority of women voters.

    May 23, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  22. gt

    ole joe is a nut case.... get rid of this anchor....

    May 23, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  23. Karm99

    What is the point of publishing a inconclusive survey?

    You have to stay after school.....

    May 23, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Being the attack dog for the Obama campaign, Biden naturally catches heat from the other side. In fact, despite a few gaffes (ever watch the multiudinous GOP debate gaffes?), he is still a very effective speaker, a man who can identify with the middle class, who tells it like it is in clear terms, and who has been a respected politician and family man for decades. He is an asset to the campaign and to America. The gay marriage issue will always result in some poll deterioration, bu don't think it's a permanent thing.

    May 23, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. Cathy

    Looks like Obama and Biden are in a race to see who's favorability dips the most in the end. I'm playing it safe and betting it's Obama's that dips the most. Always did like a safe bet.

    May 23, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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