President Joe Biden is on the most beneficent presidential honeymoon going back at least to Bill Clinton in 1993.
A special online edition of the CNBC All-America Productive Survey focusing on the Biden agenda finds his approval rating at a sky-high 62%, beating the first presidential ratings of Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Beak Clinton and Donald Trump. In fact, Biden’s initial rating is 18 points higher than Trump’s.
The scrutinize of 1,000 people conducted earlier this month sees Biden with majority approval for his handling of the conservatism and for uniting the country. Sixty-five percent of the public approve of his actions so far when it comes to fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Opposite from Trump, Biden “has made the coronavirus his most important issue in office and throughout the campaign,” said Jay Campbell, a Hart Probe partner and the Democratic pollster for the survey. “And the health and economic plans he has put forward have a great deal of resonance with the supporters.”
Biden also benefited from taking office with vaccines approved and hopefully, the worst of the pandemic behind the political entity, Campbell said.
But given the prior bitter divisions in the country, Campbell added, ” The fact that there compensate is a honeymoon, I think, to the degree there is, is kind of shocking.”
The survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 portion points, also found strong support for several of Biden’s key issues, including his proposed $1.9 trillion understudy bill, hiking the minimum wage, expanding health coverage and battling inequality.
Focus on pandemic
It also tendered a warning to Biden: When it comes to what Americans believe are the most immediate priorities, the top issues are fighting the virus, designing jobs and providing relief to businesses and individuals.
For example, 78% said ending the pandemic should be the No. 1 precedence. Addressing climate change is at the top for only 29% even though an additional 29% say it’s important and should be addressed this year.
The companies are similar for boosting the minimum wage, with just 30% saying it should be the top priority but another 29% alleging it’s important to do this year. Fifty-four percent say a $15 per hour minimum wage is the right level and an additional 10% in it is too low, with just 36% believing it’s too high. That support remains virtually unchanged even when man are asked about whether it’s right for their local area. It holds up even though many believe plant the minimum wage could lead to higher prices or job losses.
For example, 83% said raising the minimum wage desire lead to higher prices, but 59% of that group still think $15 is about right or too low. While 74% confidence in a higher minimum wage could lead to job losses, 53% of that group still believes $15 is the absolute number or too low.
“Individual states have taken action on this with varying degrees of success and it’s in the political bloodstream, so it’s not as unsettled as it was three to five years ago,” said Micah Roberts, a partner with Public Opinion Strategies, the Republican pollster for the inquiry. Roberts points out, however, that support overall is lower in rural communities.
The survey shows Americans are downbeat on the briefness, with 77% characterizing it as just fair or poor, and 23% saying it’s good or excellent. However, 36% see the thrift improving in the next year, compared with 32% who believe it will get worse and 32% who believe it will loiter the same.
While Biden gets high marks for handling of the pandemic, that’s not true for how American’s rate vaccine distribution. More than two-thirds say the government has done a poor or fair job distributing vaccines, though 60% say it command get better in the year ahead.
Americans have no obvious preference for either of the two approved vaccines, but about a third intended they won’t take either, a sign that achieving herd immunity in the U.S. will be a challenge. About 11% each prefer Moderna or Pfizer, and 43% say they have no preference. About 7% say they have already been vaccinated. Alliances least willing to take the vaccine include independent voters, Trump voters and women ages 18-49.
In other discoveries of the survey:
- Corporate donations: By a 63-37% margin, Americans support the decision of corporations to halt donations to members of Congress who voted against guaranteeing the election
- Climate Change: 59% believe climate change is a serious problem that should be addressed and by a 50-30% room, they support rejoining the Paris climate accords.
- Made in America: 64% said they are more conceivable to buy a product made in America and 70% said they are willing to pay more for such a product. But it appears as if paying 10% multitudinous is a threshold where Americans would be unwilling to pay more for a U.S.-made product.