Politico Poll: Biden's Post-Election Favorability Lower Than Obama's


joe biden stands in front of american flagPresident-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Major Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III National Guard/Reserve Center January 19, 2021 in New Castle, Delaware. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President-elect Joe Biden is being sworn in with a post-election favorability bounce that is lower than what former President Barack Obama had, but with a higher rate than the one President Donald Trump had, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday. 

Biden's favorable ratings in the polls have hovered between 54% and 57% since winning the election, just below Obama's ratings of above 60% on his Inauguration Day, reports Politico. His latest numbers show him at 57% favorable and 39% unfavorable.

Trump's numbers, meanwhile, grew just slightly after he won the 2016 election, and came to mirror the ratings he will have when leaving office on Wednesday. When he took office, Trump's post-election ratings were at 39% favorable and 59% unfavorable. Currently, 39% of voters who were surveyed approve of how Trump is handling his job, with 58% disapproving.

In a separate Politico/Morning Consult poll that tracks confidence in elections over the past few months, which was released on Tuesday, Trump's approval rating had reached a new low of 36%.

The opinions on Biden broke deeply along partisan lines in the current poll:

  • Democrats: 91% view Biden favorably.
  • Republicans: 16% favorably.
  • Independents: 52% favorable; 41% unfavorable. 

A new president's approval rating reflects political capital the White House can use to enact its agenda shortly after the new administration begins. Biden's agenda lists several tough goals, including passage of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill 

Biden also got high marks on his handling of the presidential transition, with 63% approving and 26% disapproving.

Respondents were also asked what they considered as the top priorities for Biden's White House, with the top priority coming out as controlling the spread of coronavirus, at 70%. 

Other key priorities included:

  • Stimulating the economy to recover from the coronavirus pandemic: 65%.
  • Installing an effective distribution plan for a COVID-19 vaccine: 64%.
  • Economic issues: 42%.
  • Health care or security issues: 19%. 

The poll was conducted from Jan. 15-17 of 1,993 registered voters, and carried a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. 



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