WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States has strongly supported President Joe Biden’s move to speed up the coronavirus epidemic, a new poll has found, and his economy has been approved after a $ 1.9 trillion aid bill was passed.
But Americans are more critical of Biden’s early approach to some hot-button issues that are shifting to the forefront, including guns and immigration, according to a study by the Associated Press-NORC. The President outlined the goals for resolving the two issues, but made it clear that they were not his immediate legislative priorities.
“I am going to solve all those problems. “It’s a matter of priorities when they come down to my plate,” Biden told a news conference last week.
The first weeks of Biden’s tenure made it clear that his main priority was to reduce the epidemic. Urge Americans to take precautionary measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, prioritizing the spread of vaccines, and putting the aid bill in the party ranks through Congress. Vaccine distribution has increased since Biden took office, with more than 96 million Americans receiving at least one dose.
Americans responded positively to the president’s approach, with 73% approving of the epidemic. That includes about half of Republicans, which is rare given how divided Americans have been along party lines over many important issues in recent years.
Gwen Medley, a nurse from Galveston, Immediate State, who administers vaccines in their state. The 66-year-old Republican criticizes Biden on a number of other issues, including immigration, but said the president is still “doing a pretty good job” of the epidemic. In part, he says, because of the vaccine efforts inherited from the Trump administration.
“Trump rolled the ball, Biden continues to push the ball,” said Madeleine.
It is noteworthy that Biden’s approval rating in the economy has increased slightly since the passage of the aid bill, which included direct payments to millions of Americans – aid to schools, state, local government. Sixty percent of Americans now say they support Biden’s economy, up from 55 percent a month ago.
Overall, Biden’s approval rating is a healthy 61% when he enters his third month in office, according to an AP-NORC survey. That’s a lot higher than the approval rating of his predecessor, Donald Trump, at this point in the presidency. According to the AP-NORC poll, Trump’s overall approval rating has never exceeded 50%.
Biden and his advisers claim that despite the many problems facing the country, he will be tried first after dealing with the epidemic, which is already the second year. The virus has killed more than 550,000 people in the United States, and even with more vaccines available, some states are experiencing a wave of new cases.
“Our work is not over,” Biden said this week as he urged states to keep masked mandates and other restrictions. “The war against COVID-19 is far from over. This is deadly serious. “
Much of Biden’s efforts have been strongly opposed by Trump, who has emphasized the need to keep businesses afloat and to stifle the US economy, even if it means overthrowing public health guidelines to control the epidemic. Biden reversed that approach, but he sought to supplement the economy with legislation he had signed in early March.
No Republican in Congress voted in favor of the measure, with some arguing that it unnecessarily added to the federal budget deficit at a time when the economy was already moving in a more positive direction.
Americans are divided over Biden’s deficit, with 48% saying yes and 50% saying no. The majority of Democrats – 77% approve, while the majority of Republicans – 83% – do not.
Biden faces similar partisan disagreements over arms policy and immigration, two issues that quickly disrupted Biden’s plans for his first months in office.
About 45% of Gunners ‘policies say they support Biden’ s approach, while 52% do not. The survey was conducted after a series of deadly mass shootings, one in Atlanta that killed eight people, including six Asian Americans, and one in a Colorado grocery store that killed 10 people. Biden said he was considering enforcement action to tighten arms restrictions, but said he believed “rational” legislation could be passed by the narrowly divided Senate.
In particular, he called on the Senate to take measures already approved by the House to expand background checks, even as he puts his political muscle first in the $ 2 trillion infrastructure package announced by the White House this week.
Biden faces growing concerns along the US-Mexico border, where a growing number of migrant children are arriving. Republicans accuse Biden of quickly returning to Trump’s most aggressive immigration policy, which should not be seen as an open invitation to cross the border.
The White House, in turn, is largely to blame for the situation on the border, inherited from the Trump administration. In addition to his executive actions, Biden has introduced a bill that would provide eight years of citizenship to millions of people currently illegal in the United States.
So far, only 42% say they approve of Biden ‘s handling of immigration, while 44% say they approve of his handling of border security.
Although much of Biden’s early period focused on domestic issues, foreign policy concerns also arose. The president has 55% approval for foreign policy, which is slightly lower than his overall performance. The poll found that Americans’ main concerns were the spread of infectious diseases to the United States, the threat posed by extremist militias, and China’s influence around the world.
Democrats and Republicans alike have different concerns about the biggest threats facing the United States. Democrats are more likely than Republicans, with the spread of communicable diseases (69% -47%), extremist militias (67% to 51%), and climate change (76% to 22%) as a threat to the United States. is more concerned with Russia’s global influence (50% to 42%).
Republicans are more likely than Democrats to be very concerned about the threat of illegal immigration (72% -22%), China’s influence around the world (68% -44%), Iran’s nuclear program (58% 39%), and North Korea’s nuclear program ( 51% to 41%).
The AP-NORC survey of 1,166 adults was conducted March 26-29 using a sample of the NORC probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel designed to represent the U.S. population. For all respondents, the sampling error margin is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.