In a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, a full 62 percent of overall respondents said that they approve of the job that President Joe Biden is doing regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and that number includes a full 30 percent of Republicans overall and 22 percent of Trump supporters in particular. At present, the Biden administration’s pandemic response efforts include economic relief and nationwide vaccine distribution. This week, Biden signed a $1.9 trillion relief package into law, and this week, Biden also announced that he was directing all states to make all adults eligible for vaccinations by May 1.
Issues remain, of course — some relief, like the expanded child tax credit, could take comparatively longer to implement, and even after having enough vaccines on hand to cover all adults in the country, there’s still the issue of actually getting those doses administered. In the meantime, Americans seem clearly hopeful about the direction of the pandemic response under the direction of the Biden administration. Trump’s pandemic response reached such pathetic lows that, most of the time, he wouldn’t even promote mask-wearing, and when he got vaccinated earlier this year, he did not reveal that he’d taken the step.
Notably, in the new polling, only 28 percent of overall respondents said that they approve of Congressional Republicans’ job performance.
As summarized by NPR regarding the relief legislation, “Biden is set to promote the passing of the legislation in a way that former President Barack Obama never did with the 2009 Recovery Act,” according to the White House. The legislation has widespread support among Americans — in a recent Morning Consult survey, 75 percent of overall respondents (including plenty of Republicans) said that they supported the relief package — but not a single Republican in Congress voted in favor of the legislation — although that didn’t stop one Republican from glibly touting a key provision of the law anyway!
On Twitter, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) recently proudly proclaimed that “Independent restaurant operators have won $28.6 billion worth of targeted relief” following the relief passage — although Wicker, like all other Congressional Republicans, voted against the legislation! Wicker retweeted a message from the Independent Restaurant Coalition claiming that the Senator’s “work on the RESTAURANTS Act from the beginning made the relief fund possible,” but again, the fact remains: Wicker voted against the relief that he’s glibly touting.
Independent restaurant operators have won $28.6 billion worth of targeted relief.
This funding will ensure small businesses can survive the pandemic by helping to adapt their operations and keep their employees on the payroll.https://t.co/Ob4pRb9Xh4
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) March 10, 2021
The 2022 midterm elections are soon approaching, when five incumbent Republican Senators will not be seeking re-election (although not all are in particularly swing-inclined states). Republicans attempting in larger numbers to take credit for something they voted against would be a new low.