Poll: 66 percent approve of Biden's handling of transition

In contrast, Trump’s most recent favoritism rating is 33 percent and his job approval rating is 34 percent – both lower than any other time in his presidency, according to CNN polls.

Respondents were largely optimistic that Biden would achieve his key political goals as president, although more than half of respondents (53 percent) said the new president is unlikely to cool the country’s political divisions.

The majority of respondents said it was at least somewhat likely that Biden would sign new coronavirus alleviation laws (83 percent), restore ties with allies in the U.S. (74 percent), administer 100 million coronavirus vaccines in 100 days (70 percent) and public health care creates an option (64 percent).

Most respondents (61 percent) said Biden would do a good job as president – compared to the 48 percent who said the same thing about Trump in 2017 and the 79 percent who had high expectations of Barack Obama in 2008. The same percentage of Americans, 61 percent, believe the country will be better after four years of Biden’s presidency.

The CNN poll, conducted Jan. 9-14 by SSRS, interviewed 1,003 adults with a sample error rate of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

Among the respondents, 33 percent were identified as Democrats, 26 percent as Republicans and 41 percent as independents or members of another party.

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