JUST IN: Biden Reaches Highest Approval Rating at 64 Percent

 
President Joe Biden

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Support for President Joe Biden is at its highest level since he took office in January, according to a new survey.

Sixty-four percent of Americans approve of Biden’s performance, according to the survey, which was conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and released Monday. Another 54 percent say the country is on the “right track,” the highest number of any AP-NORC poll since 2017.

Opinions on the country’s direction may have been favorable for Biden, in part, because of strong approval for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, even among Republicans. Forty-seven percent of that party’s voters said they approved of his handling of the pandemic, compared to 96 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of people overall.

The results come as the Covid-19 pandemic wanes, and after a $1.9 trillion stimulus package passed in March sent parts of the economy soaring. It also comes as Biden pushes Congress more than $4 trillion in additional spending, along with some new taxes to pay for it. The success of those agenda items could define the Democratic Party’s prospects heading into next year’s midterm elections, which have historically taken a toll on incumbent presidents and their supporters in Congress.

The survey was conducted from April 29 to May 3 and included 1,842 American adults, rather than likely voters, who tend to be more conservative. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.2 percent. Biden has enjoyed above-average marks in AP-NORC polls compared to other surveys since he entered the White House, including in the early “honeymoon” phase of his presidency when 61 percent of respondents said they approved of his performance.

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