New Poll Gives Biden High Marks For Pandemic Response

More than six out of every 10 Americans say they approve of President Joe Biden’s handling of the federal government’s coronavirus pandemic response and his overall job approval rating stands at 50 percent. Those are among the top level findings of a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released today.

During the 2020 presidential campaign Biden pledged to make getting the pandemic under control in the United State his top priority. The poll seems to indicate an appreciation by a majority of the country for the massive effort by the Biden administration to accelerate the distribution of vaccines and to convince Congress to enact almost $2 trillion in economic stimulus and recovery aid.

Biden’s approval rating today is almost identical to poll results from April, when he neared the end of his first 100 days in office. The president’s negative job rating stands at 42, virtually the same as in April. Not surprisingly, the the positive and negative numbers are split decisively along party lines.

On his overall job rating, 94 percent of Democrats approve compared with 8 percent of Republicans. On the pandemic, Democrats are at 95 percent approving, Republicans at 33 percent. Among independents Biden received a 45 percent approval rating, with 43 percent disapproving.

For contrast, twice-impeached, one-term former president Donald Trump’s approval rating among all voters at this time in his presidency was just 38 percent. As Trump’s administration flailed and bickered while trying to craft a response to the pandemic and hundreds of thousands of Americans died as a result, his approval rating sank and remained strongly negative for the duration of his presidency. By the time he left office in January it stood at 62 percent negative.

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