Rob Crilly writes for about President Biden’s poor polling numbers in historical perspective.

President Joe Biden ends 2023 with his polling numbers still in the doldrums — worse than any other president at the same stage of their first term — as he prepares for an election next year with voters still worrying about the stte of the economy.

And that is despite his overall approval rating ticking up slightly.

The latest tracking number from Gallup, published Friday, puts Biden’s job approval rating at 39 percent, up two points from lows in October and November.

That is worse than the last seven presidents in history as they came to the end of their third year in power.

Barack Obama was at 43 percent and Donald Trump was at 45 percent as they headed into election year.

Everyone else, including Jimmy Carter, who is often held up as the benchmark for a failing presidency, had a favorable job rating from more than 50 percent of respondents. 

Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush polled at 51 percent, and Ronald Reagan and Carter stood at 54 percent. 

George W. Bush had the best numbers. His 58 percent standing was inflated by the recent capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003. 

It all shows how much work 81-year-old Biden has to do as he seeks re-election. 

‘While the economy has shown signs of improvement and Americans are a bit more optimistic about it, it remains a pressing concern,’ said Gallup in its analysis of the numbers. 

‘In addition to dealing with the national economy and overseeing the United States’ role in wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, Biden continues to face a crisis at the southern U.S. border. 

‘Given Republicans’ concern about the issue, Biden can expect immigration to be a central theme in the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign in 2024.’

Biden was in Milwaukee on Wednesday, talking up his economic and investment record.