My1sttoday — poll: 70 percent backs president Biden’s handling of Coronavirus. A new poll by The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that a majority of Americans approve of Joe Biden’s handling of the ongoing pandemic.
The poll shows that 70 percent of respondents backs President Biden’s response to the pandemic, with 97 percent of Democrats and 44 percent of Republicans approving the president’s work on the issue.
The number of COVID-19 deaths and cases per day have fallen since Biden took office, though there are some signs they are now plateauing. New variants of the disease have also sparked concerns that cases could again rise. Weeks ago, President Biden host a moment of silence at white house for the lives lost to this deadly pandemic.
Biden could also be benefiting from the distribution of vaccines across the country. Sixteen percent of the nation’s population has now had at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to statistics kept by The New York Times. Vaccinations across the country have also led to more optimism for the economy and a growing stock market.
In the poll, 60 percent overall approved of Biden’s performance as president so far. The results split along party lines, with 94 percent of Democrats approving of his work while only 22 percent of Republicans did.
Biden’s approval on the economy was split across party lines as well with 88 percent of Democrats approving and 82 percent of Republicans disapproving. Overall, 55 percent approved of Biden’s work on the economy.
The poll surveyed 1,434 adults between Feb. 23 and March 1. The margin of error is 3.4 percentage points.