President Joe Biden has a different approach not only from Donald Trump’s fear-based administration but also from that of most former grind-it-out-and-hustle presidents. He works on the remarkable premise of possibility and hope, and Americans like it.
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research‘s new poll shows that most Americans approve of the new president’s style of management. They especially like how he is handling the coronavirus pandemic. Who could have imagined that within a year vaccines would be developed, a process that used to be measured in decades? Even more remarkable, 80 percent of the most vulnerable population is inoculated, the over 65-years-old group.
The ASP-NORC poll indicates that in his fourth month as president, Joe Biden’s approval rating regarding the pandemic is up to 63 percent overall, Democrats 71 percent, and Republicans 47 percent.
President Biden has raised Americans’ general optimism about the nation, too. The poll indicated 54 percent of the country says he “is on the right track.” That is the highest percentage since 2017. Only 44 percent think that America is on the wrong track.
White House’s COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said, according to the AP:
‘We are turning a corner.’
President Biden spoke to Americans after the disappointing jobs report was released on Friday:
‘We never thought that after the first 50 or 60 days everything would be fine. There’s more evidence our economy is moving in the right direction. But it’s clear we have a long way to go.’
President Biden passed a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package and generated enough vaccines so that any American who wants one can have it. Donald Trump’s hands-off approach cost our country hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths, more than any other country.
Stress over the pandemic has dropped to its lowest level in 15 months. About half of the nation worries they or a relative could still catch the virus. However, that percentage dropped from 70 percent, which boils down to 69 percent of Democrats, 33 percent of Republicans.
Jobs numbers are down, though:
‘A new government report out Friday showed employers added just 266,000 jobs in April, sharply lower than in March and far fewer than economists had expected.’
‘The slowdown was attributed to a multitude of factors, including nearly 3 million people reluctant to look for work because they fear catching the virus. Some businesses — and Republican lawmakers — also argue that a $300-a-week jobless benefit, paid for by the federal government, is discouraging some of the unemployed from taking new jobs.’
Biden is proposing a $4 trillion infrastructure package that also includes the addition of internet service, education, and child care. The elderly male-dominated politicians do not appear to understand the need for this aspect of our infrastructure. Plus, Democrats want more money for the package, Republicans less. The divide shows up here more starkly. Ninety-one percent of Democrats and only 19 percent of Republicans approve of our president’s handling of the economy:
‘Immigration in particular has become a growing concern for the White House as it grapples with an increase in migration, including by unaccompanied minors, at the U.S. border with Mexico. Republicans have tried to tie the uptick to Biden’s rollback of more stringent border policies enacted by his predecessor, Donald Trump.’
- Overall approval for immigration is 43 percent, disapproval 54 percent.
- Approval for his gun policy is 48 percent, 49 percent disapprove.
- Approval on foreign policy runs 54 percent overall. He faces ending the Afghanistan war in September, dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and a new Iranian nuclear agreement.
The AP-NORC poll interviewed 1,842 adults from April 29 through May 3. The margin of error for all respondents is a healthy 3.2 +/- percent.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that social media platforms are “tearing us apart,” according to NBC News.
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