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Biden’s 54% Approval Rating Better Than Trump, But Worse Than Bush, Obama As First 100 Days Near End

Topline

As President Joe Biden enters the final stretch of his first 100 days in office, he’s still garnering approval from a majority of Americans—and faring better than his predecessor—but an overwhelming majority of voters are still concerned about the economy as concerns over gun laws and immigration also come to the fore, according to new polls released Sunday.

Key Facts

About 54% of the 1,002 registered voters polled by Fox News between last Monday and Wednesday said they approve of the job Biden is doing as president.

That’s better than former President Donald Trump’s 45% rating at the same time during his first 100 days in office, but worse than the ratings of 62% and 63% for former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, respectively.

The president earned his highest marks for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which garnered 58% approval, but he lags on immigration and border security—with only 34% and 35% support on those issues, respectively.

Despite the overall high ratings, only 45% of respondents said they were satisfied with the way things are going in the country today, with more than 75% of Americans saying they are still very or extremely concerned with the state of the economy.

At least two-thirds of Americans also said they were very or extremely concerned with gun laws (74%), healthcare (73%), the nation’s infrastructure (68%) and illegal immigration (67%).

A majority of Americans said they favor Biden’s proposed tax increases on families earning over $400,000 annually (63%) and corporations (56%) to pay for his proposed $2 trillion infrastructure plan, which about 49% of respondents said they support.

Key Background

Biden has consistently scored a better approval rating than Trump, but he’s fared worse than most other modern-day presidents. According to a poll released early Sunday by ABC News and the Washington Post, Biden’s approval rating of roughly 52% is the second-worst at this point in the president’s first 100 days since 1974, when Gerald Ford became president after the resignation of Richard Nixon.

Tangent

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he wasn’t impressed with Biden’s first 100 days thus far and called the president “very destabilizing.” With regards to illegal immigration—the issue most concerning to Republicans—roughly 85% of Americans blamed the increase in migrants at the border on the president, and nearly half (46%) said U.S. border security was worse today than it was two years ago.

Further Reading

How Biden’s Approval Rating Compares To Trump, Obama And Other Presidents After Nearly 100 Days (Forbes)

Biden’s 100 days: Low-end approval, yet strong marks on pandemic response: POLL (ABC News)

Majority Of Americans Disapprove Of Biden On Gun Violence And Immigration, New Poll Shows (Forbes)

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