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A New Poll Shows Which Federal Leader Has The Highest Approval Rating Among Republicans and Democrats

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Various polls in recent weeks indicate that President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ approval ratings are tanking. A new poll, published this week, asked respondents their opinions on several federal leaders and broke the numbers down based on political party. Overall, only one federal leader earned majority support from both Republicans and Democrats.

A Gallup poll published Monday found that Chief Justice Roberts currently maintains the highest approval rating among federal leaders across the three branches of government. In the poll, Roberts was the only official to gain majority approval from both Democrats and Republicans. 

According to the poll, which was conducted from Dec. 1 through Dec. 16, six in 10 Americans approve of the job Roberts is doing on the Supreme Court. Thirty-four percent of respondents disapproved of the job he is doing on the Supreme Court. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans, 64 percent of Independents, and 55 percent of Democrats approve of the job Roberts is doing.

The poll found that two other government officials, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Attorney General Merrick Garland, both received a 49 percent approval rating and a 43 percent disapproval rating. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell received a 53 percent approval and 40 percent disapproval. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Dr. Anthony Fauci received 52 percent approval and 47 percent disapproval.

The majority of adults surveyed disapprove of the jobs Vice President Kamala Harris and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are doing, at 54 percent and 53 percent disapproving, respectively. President Biden’s approval rating in the poll stands at 43 percent approval, 51 percent disapproval. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s approval rating in the poll is at 40 percent, with 58 percent disapproving.

“Chief Justice Roberts is in a unique position as the sole public leader of the 11 evaluated who enjoys majority-level approval from Americans in all party groups,” the poll write-up stated. “While this is by no means an exhaustive list of public officials, the leaders rated were selected based on being some of this year's more high-profile figures in the federal government. The strongly partisan cast to most of the ratings is expected in today's political environment. But the fact that half of the leaders receive higher approval than disapproval from Americans as a whole is evidence of some national harmony. It is also a counterpoint to Americans' general disapproval of Congress and the Supreme Court in recent polling, as well as their broader lack of confidence in the federal government and politicians.”


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