Sixty-one percent of Americans said in a new poll that they approve of the job President Biden is doing two weeks after being sworn in, and a majority believes he’s up to the task of tackling an array of crises.
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.