President Joe Biden's approval rating hit 63% on his pandemic response

  

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Via:  jbb  •  2 weeks ago  •  20 comments

By:   Julie Pace and Hannah Fingerhut (USA TODAY)

President Joe Biden's approval rating hit 63% on his pandemic response
Most Americans approve of Biden's presidency so far, with more Americans now optimistic about the state of the country.

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Julie Pace and Hannah Fingerhut Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is plunging into the next phase of his administration with the steady approval of a majority of Americans, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey shows Biden is buoyed in particular by the public's broad backing for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the fourth month of his presidency, Biden's overall approval rating sits at 63%. When it comes to the new Democratic president's handling of the pandemic, 71% of Americans approve, including 47% of Republicans.

The AP-NORC poll also shows an uptick in Americans' overall optimism about the state of the country. Fifty-four percent say the country is on the right track, higher than at any point in AP-NORC polls conducted since 2017; 44% think the nation is on the wrong track.

Those positive marks have fueled the Biden White House's confidence coming out of the president's first 100 days in office, a stretch in which he secured passage of a sweeping $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package and surged COVID-19 vaccines across the country. The U.S., which has suffered the most virus deaths of any nation, is now viewed enviably by much of the rest of the world for its speedy vaccination program and robust supplies of the shots.

"We are turning a corner," said Jeff Zients, the White House's COVID-19 response coordinator.

The improvements have also impacted Americans' concerns about the virus. The AP-NORC poll shows the public's worries about the pandemic are at their lowest level since February 2020, when the virus was first reaching the U.S. About half of Americans say they are at least somewhat worried that they or a relative could be infected with the virus, down from about 7 in 10 just a month earlier.

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, there is a wide partisan gap in Americans' views of pandemic risks. Among Democrats, 69% say they remain at least somewhat worried about being infected with the virus, compared with just 33% of Republicans.

Despite the overall positive assessments of Americans, Biden's advisers are well aware that the next phase of his presidency is potentially trickier. Vaccination rates have slowed, and the administration is grappling with how to persuade those who are reluctant to get the shots about their safety and efficacy.

Biden's legislative agenda for the rest of this year also faces obstacles on Capitol Hill. Republicans are resisting his calls for passing a sweeping infrastructure package, and there's insufficient support among Democrats for overhauling Senate rules in a way that would allow the party to tackle changes to immigration policy, gun laws and voting rights on its own.

There are also potential warning signs emerging on the economy after a strong start to the year. A new government report out Friday showed employers added just 266,000 jobs in April, sharply lower than in March and far fewer than economists had expected. The slowdown was attributed to a multitude of factors, including nearly 3 million people reluctant to look for work because they fear catching the virus. Some businesses — and Republican lawmakers — also argue that a $300-a-week jobless benefit, paid for by the federal government, is discouraging some of the unemployed from taking new jobs.

Biden, however, argued that the report is an indication that more federal spending is needed to help bolster the economy. He's pitched to Congress a $4 trillion package for spending on infrastructure, education and children, a measure many liberal Democrats say should be bigger and most Republicans argue is far too large.

"We never thought that after the first 50 or 60 days everything would be fine," Biden said after Friday's job report was released. "There's more evidence our economy is moving in the right direction. But it's clear we have a long way to go."

What's unclear is whether the employment slowdown will continue or how it will impact Americans' views of Biden's handling of the economy. Ahead of Friday's new jobs numbers, his approval rating on the economy stood at a solid 57%.

Compared with Biden's approval ratings on the pandemic, there is a starker partisan divide in views of his handling of the economy. Nearly all Democrats, 91%, back his economic stewardship, while just 19% of GOP voters do.

While the pandemic and the economy have dominated Biden's early months in office, other significant issues loom.

Immigration in particular has become a growing concern for the White House as it grapples with an increase in migration, including by unaccompanied minors, at the U.S. border with Mexico. Republicans have tried to tie the uptick to Biden's rollback of more stringent border policies enacted by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

Immigration is also among Biden's lowest-rated issues in the AP-NORC survey. Overall, 43% approve of his handling of the issue, while 54% disapprove.

The president also receives lower marks on gun policy, which has catapulted back to the forefront of the national debate following a string of mass shootings across the country. Americans are largely split over Biden's approach to the issue, with 48% approving and 49% disapproving.

The next phase of Biden's presidency is also likely to include more action on foreign policy. He announced that all U.S. troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by September, and American negotiators have resumed discussions with Iran on a new nuclear agreement. The White House has also signaled that Biden may hold his first in-person meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin this summer.

Thus far, a slim majority of Americans, 54%, say they approve of Biden's foreign policy.

The AP-NORC poll of 1,842 adults was conducted April 29-May 3 using a sample drawn from NORC's probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.


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JBB
Professor Principal
1  seeder  JBB    2 weeks ago

Outside the rightwing bubble Americans ❤ Biden!

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Masters Expert
1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  JBB @1    2 weeks ago

Your happy bubble will burst come the midterms.

Biden has continued what Trump started, as far as the pandemic goes.

On all the other problems, Biden hasn't done jackshit to resolve them, but has, in fact, made them worse

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
1.1.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    2 weeks ago

Biden is 20 points more popular than Trump!

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @1.1.1    2 weeks ago
Biden is 20 points more popular than Trump!

Yes, Old Joe certainly has his fair share of fanboys!

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Principal
1.1.3  Krishna  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    2 weeks ago
Biden has continued what Trump started,

What Trump started?

Are you serious?

Saluting the Heroes of the Coronavirus Pandumbic

5,432,595 views • Apr 3, 2020 

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
1.1.4  seeder  JBB  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.2    2 weeks ago

A high approval rating is for doing a great job!

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
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1.1.5  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.2    2 weeks ago

see the problem Tex, is 20 points is the lower average IQ of Trump supporters/defenders/apologists/lost

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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1.1.6  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    2 weeks ago
On all the other problems, Biden hasn't done jackshit to resolve them, but has, in fact, made them worse

If  you expect to be taken seriously when discussing a topic, you need to provide examples/links to back up your statements.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.1.7  Tessylo  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.1.6    2 weeks ago

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Texan1211
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1.1.8  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @1.1.4    2 weeks ago

Yeah, like I said, Old Joe has lots of fanboys.

All one has to do is read some posts here to verify that.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1.9  Texan1211  replied to  igknorantzrulz @1.1.5    2 weeks ago

Yeah, as usual, you claim something with nary a shred of evidence, and as usual, the little tribe of followers vote you up even though they can't provide any evidence for your dubious claims.

Nothing like living in your own self-created echo chamber along with your fan boys and girls.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1.10  Ozzwald  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.9    2 weeks ago
the little tribe of followers vote you up even though they can't provide any evidence for your dubious claims.

It's better than having to create alternate logins to get any up votes.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1.11  Texan1211  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.10    2 weeks ago

I agree.

If you have any evidence or know that someone has multiple log ins, you should alert Perrie, as I believe that is a C of C violation!

Hell, you might even get  a reward!!!

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1.12  Texan1211  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.10    2 weeks ago

What did Perrie tell you when you reported those folks you CLAIM have multiple log-ins?

Surely as a concerned, upstanding member here you have voiced your concerns over this grave matter to the proper people.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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1.1.13  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.1.6    2 weeks ago

Unless you look good in blue, don't hold your breath.

 
 
 
Hallux
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2  Hallux    2 weeks ago

Since Biden's inauguration America's approval rating around the world has risen from the doldrums ... except for China and Russia (can't win them all).

 
 
 
Tacos!
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3  Tacos!    2 weeks ago
When it comes to the new Democratic president's handling of the pandemic, 71% of Americans approve, including 47% of Republicans

Is there any indication of what specific things regarding his handling of the pandemic that these people approve of?

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1  Tessylo  replied to  Tacos! @3    2 weeks ago

EVERYTHING PRESIDENT BIDEN IS DOING AS OPPOSED to trumpturd WHO DIDN'T DO SHIT!

 
 
 
Tacos!
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3.1.1  Tacos!  replied to  Tessylo @3.1    2 weeks ago

For example?

 
 
 
expatingb
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3.1.2  expatingb  replied to  Tacos! @3.1.1    2 weeks ago
For example?

President Trump did not open the borders to illegal aliens.

President Trump did not close down the Keystone pipeline at the expense of thousands of American jobs.

President Trump did not make America once again energy dependent on other nations.

President Trump did not reward Russia by eliminating the sanctions on the Russia energy pipeline enabling Russia to essentially make Western Europe once again dependent on Russian gas.

President Trump did not permit the bureaucracy to play with the lives of Americans and other nations peoples by allowing the bureaucracy to hold back the Covid vaccine development and production, in fact he did just the opposite.

President Trump....  oh wait, President Trump did too much that Bejing Biden is attempting to take credit for.

My apologies Tacos.

 
 
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