According to a brand new poll from Quinnipiac University, President Joe Biden currently has a 48 percent approval rating almost 100 days into his first term in the Oval Office. He also has a disapproval rating of 42 percent.
The poll revealed that the overwhelming majority of Democrats are pleased with his performance, as he enjoys a 94 percent approval rating with folks in his own party. Not surprisingly, Republicans disapprove of Biden with 87 percent not a fan of what he’s done thus far in office.
When folks were asked about whether or not they approved of Biden’s handling of specific issues, the president got the highest approval for how he’s handled the COVID-19 pandemic. Which is strange because he’s not really done anything different than what Trump did.
Biden also scored major points with the economy and climate change. His lowest approval came from his handling of gun policy, taxes, and the border.
64% approve of Biden’s COVID-19 response, 42% disapprove.
50% approve of Biden’s work on the economy, 42% disapprove.
48% approve of Biden’s climate change efforts, 35% disapprove.
45% approve of Biden’s tax work, 42% disapprove.
39% approve of Biden’s gun policy, 49% disapprove.
29% approve of Biden’s handling of the border, 55% disapprove.
Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy went on to point out, “Though he gets generally positive numbers on his domestic strides as he nears his first 100 days in office, the president is confronting the same political quagmire south of the border that bedeviled his predecessor. The border with Mexico, and the people trying to cross it, loom as a familiar crisis.”
Most Americans said that Biden has good leadership skills, 52% to 44%, and that he is doing more to unite the country than divide it, 51% to 41%.
The poll also found that most Americans, 44%, support Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan, and that even more approve if it’s funded by raising taxes on corporations, as the president has suggested.
“The president’s infrastructure bill, a $2 trillion national makeover, gets a lukewarm go ahead from Americans, but a warmer reception when the suggestion that big corporations, not taxpayers, should be forced to front the funding,” Malloy stated.
The poll surveyed 1,237 adults across the United States from April 8-12, with a margin of error +/- 2.8 percentage points.
At the end of his first term, once we’ve had a real good taste of the policies Biden puts in place and the fallout from a lot of them, I expect that disapproval rating to be significantly higher.