Donald Trump began his first term in office with a 39 percent approval rating among Americans polled, but by the end of his term, he left with a 36 percent approval rating and a 58 percent disapproval rating. Apparently, the majority of Americans were not feeling too much anxiety over life after Trump, especially since his presidency ended in a deadly attempt at a coup.
Joe Biden is beginning his term with a higher approval rating than Trump received during his entire four years in office. For the first time since President Obama left office, a presidential approval rating among American voters is higher than his disapproval rating. Although Biden’s term is still new at just 10 days in, it seems as if people have more hope for the country than they did under Trump.
According to the poll:
‘49% of Americans approve of Biden’s job performance. 35% disapprove. 16% are unsure. 25% of residents strongly approve, and 24% strongly disapprove. Trump’s first approval rating in February 2017 was 39%.’
Trump’s us versus them strategy may have worked well for a large portion of his own voting base, but his divisiveness frustrated and turned off most voters. A majority of Americans, even including 17 percent of Republicans polled, agree that Biden’s presidency has already been more unifying.
‘55% of Americans — including 91% of Democrats, 54% of independents, and even 17% of Republicans — perceive Biden to be doing more to unite the country than divide it (35%). In 2017, 36% reported that Donald Trump was uniting the nation, and 57% said he was dividing it.’
Perhaps most tellingly, 50 percent of Americans said that Trump should be convicted of inciting a riot during his Senate trial scheduled for February 9, 2021, while only 41 percent said that he shouldn’t be. That number fell across party lines and is a divisive subject in itself among American voters.
‘A majority of Americans (55%) say they have not intentionally avoided talking with friends and family who have different political views than they do. 44% have done so. 54% of Democrats have taken such action while 59% of Republicans and 55% of independents have not. According to a Fox News Poll in 2018 which asked a similar question, Americans, at that time, divided (48% to 48%).’