Biden approval rating on COVID-19 reaches 72 percent: poll

An overwhelming majority of Americans approve of President Biden’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and his administration’s handling of vaccine distribution thus far, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll shows.

Results from the poll, which were released on Sunday, showed that 75 percent of Americans approved of Biden’s pandemic response. Seventy-two percent of respondents expressed approval of his administration’s handling of vaccine distribution.

Sixty percent of those polled also approved of his handling of the nation’s economic recovery.

The poll showed a partisan divide among respondents on nearly every issue except vaccine distribution. 

Democratic respondents overwhelmingly backed how his administration is handling the vaccine rollout, with 92 percent expressing approval of the vaccine distribution. Seventy-seven percent of independents also expressed approval as did a slim majority of Republicans, or 53 percent.

According to the poll, Biden enjoyed support from a majority of Democratic respondents on all issues. Ninety-six percent of Democratic respondents said they approved of his coronavirus response and 89 percent also expressed approval on the economic recovery.

However, Biden received much lower approval ratings from the group on issues like gun violence and immigration. The poll said the president saw ratings in the “low 60 percent range” from Democratic respondents “for gun violence and the situation with migrants and unaccompanied children at the border.” 

Overall, a majority of respondents, or 57 percent, expressed disapproval of Biden’s performance on gun violence and the border situation. 

The new poll was conducted between March 26-27 with Ipsos’ probability-based KnowledgePanel and is “based on a nationally representative probability sample of 517 general population adults age 18 or older,” the polling firm said.

The poll was conducted in English and Spanish and has been weighted for “gender by age, race/ethnicity, education, Census region, metropolitan status, household income, and party identification,” the firm added.

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