According to The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey released Thursday, 35 percent of Americans strongly approve of the job Biden is doing, and 26 percent somewhat approve. Another 26 percent strongly disapprove, and 11 percent somewhat disapprove.
The results are sharply divided by partisan lines, with 97 percent of Democrats approving along with 58 percent of independents and 23 percent of Republicans.
The results indicate Biden may enjoy a honeymoon period in the early days of his presidency even as the country remains fiercely divided. Presidents in modern history enjoyed approval ratings of at least 50 percent at the start of their administrations, though former President Trump never broke that threshold in most mainstream polling.
Biden comes into office facing a multitude of crises, including a raging coronavirus pandemic and a faltering economy. He is currently pushing a $1.9 trillion relief package in an effort to blunt the virus’s spread and help the economy bounce back, though that plan has received pushback from Republicans, who object to its price tag.
The president and congressional Democrats have started to push ahead with efforts to pass the package without any GOP backing, claiming to have public support.
Seventy-four percent of Americans in the new poll said they have some or “a great deal” of confidence in Biden to handle the coronavirus outbreak, and 65 percent said they have confidence in him to improve the economy.
Only 20 percent of Americans said they have “a great deal” of confidence that Biden will work with Republicans to accomplish his goals, but another 45 percent said they have “some” confidence.
Biden has alienated some Republicans on Capitol Hill in his early days in office by signing a wave of executive orders, which require no input from Congress. However, Democrats have defended the signings as necessary to swiftly tackle issues from the pandemic to the economy to climate change to immigration.
The new AP-NORC poll surveyed 1,055 adults from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1 and has a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.
source: the hill