Two new polls have found that President Joe Biden’s initial approval rating is higher than President Donald Trump ever reached during his four years in office, according to Yahoo News.
A Morning Consult tracking pollpublished Monday found that 56 percent of voters approve of Biden’s job performance, while 34 percent disapprove. At the same early juncture of Trump’s presidency, 46 percent of Americans polled said they approved of his job performance, and the polling high point for his term in office came in March 2017, when his approval rating hit 52 percent.
A second poll, conducted by Hill-HarrisX and also released on Monday, put Biden’s approval rating at 63 percent, while 37 percent said they disapprove of the job he was doing so far. Trump, by contrast, reached an approval rating high of 52 percent in an April 2020 survey by the same pollster.
The Morning Consult poll found that 91 percent of Democrats approve of Biden’s job performance, compared with just 4 percent of Democrats who disapprove and 5 percent who said they have no opinion. At this same juncture in Trump’s presidency, 83 percent of Republicans said they approved of his job performance.
Yahoo News noted that "both tracking polls are merely a snapshot at the start of what may prove a difficult year for the country."
Biden himself has predicted that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic still lies ahead, with deaths from COVID-19 poised to top 500,000 next month and the economy still crippled due to the pandemic. Biden has used orders meant to address the pandemic, but with the evenly divided U.S. Senate in gridlock, a new stimulus package to help Americans remains elusive.