While Biden’s views are generally positive, they break heavily by party-political standards. About nine out of ten Democratic voters, 91 percent, have a positive opinion of the elected president, but only 16 percent of Republicans see him positively. Of the independents, 52 percent see Biden as positive, while 41 percent have a negative opinion.
A new president’s approval rating is not a trivial matter. It may reflect the political capital the White House has to get its agenda off the ground early in a new term, and Biden comes in with a list of ambitious goals, particularly in dealing with the coronavirus and the economic toll it has taken last year has demanded.
The latest Biden numbers reflect its cheapness: 57 percent rate it positively in the new survey, 39 percent see it as unfavorable. When asked how he is dealing with the change of president, voters give Biden even better marks: 63 percent agree, only 26 percent reject.
But Trump’s positive rating – 39 percent positive, 59 percent unfavorable – reflects his final approval rating almost perfectly: 39 percent of voters polled agree with the way Trump perceives his job as president, and 58 percent disagree. (A separate POLITICO / Morning Consult poll that tracked confidence in the U.S. election over the past few months.) released on Tuesdayshowed that Trump’s approval rating hit a new low of 36 percent.)
The new president’s to-do list is long, and the POLITICO / Morning Consult poll asked respondents how urgent a priority of 25 different possible initiatives should be for the Biden White House. The highest were “controlling the spread of the coronavirus” (70 percent say this should be a “top priority”), “encouraging business to recover from the coronavirus pandemic” (65 percent) and “installing an effective distribution plan for a Covid -19 vaccine “(64 percent).
42 percent who are forced to choose one say “economic problems” should be Biden’s top priority, more than twice as much as those who choose “health problems” (19 percent) or “safety problems”.
The POLITICO / Morning Consult poll was conducted January 15-17 and polled 1,993 registered voters. The margin of error in the sample is plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Morning Consult is a global data intelligence company that delivers real-time insights into how people think by surveying tens of thousands around the world every day.
Further details on the survey and its methodology can be found in these two documents: Toplines | Crosstabs