After 100 days, Americans give Biden high marks for Covid-19 response, economy

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NEW YORK (REUTERS) – More than half of Americans approve of President Joe Biden after nearly 100 days on the job, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling, a level of support that his Republican predecessor Donald Trump never achieved and one that should help Democrats push for infrastructure spending and other big-ticket items on Mr Biden’s agenda.

The national opinion poll of 4,423 adults from April 12-16 found that 55 per cent approved of Mr Biden’s performance in office, while 40 per cent disapproved and the rest were not sure.

Mr Biden received the highest marks for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with 65 per cent supporting his response.

In January, 38 per cent approved of Mr Trump’s handling of the health crisis.

Ninety per cent of Democrats, 61 per cent of independents and 39 per cent of Republicans said they approved of Mr Biden’s response, the poll showed.

Fifty-two per cent of Americans also said they liked Mr Biden’s handling of the economy and 53 per cent said the same about his impact on US jobs, which in both cases were a few percentage points higher than Mr Trump’s marks on jobs and the economy during his final month in office.

But Mr Biden received his strongest criticism on immigration, as his administration continues to grapple with a surge of migrants arriving at the United States-Mexico border: 42 per cent approved of the president’s border policy, while 49 per cent disapproved.

More than half gave Mr Biden strong marks for bipartisanship, though Democrats were much more likely than others to credit him for unifying the deeply divided electorate.

Fifty-six per cent approved of Mr Biden’s efforts, including 88 per cent of Democrats, 23 per cent of Republicans and 48 per cent of independents.

Americans were also generally supportive of Mr Biden’s stance on the environment and racial inequality, with 54 per cent and 51 per cent approving of his record so far, respectively.

Mr Biden is benefiting somewhat from circumstances that are beyond his control. He had months to prepare his pandemic