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Pandemic Handling, Infrastructure Drive Biden’s Positive Approval Ratings

Thursday, July 1, 2021 By Bryan Bennett
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Welcome to NAVIGATOR – a project designed to better understand the American public’s views on issues of the day and help advocates, elected officials, and other interested parties understand the language, imagery, and messaging needed to make and win key policy arguments.

Key takeaways

  • The majority of Americans continue to approve of Biden’s handling of the pandemic, economy, and job overall, while impressions of Trump and the Republican Party are underwater.
  • Biden and Congressional Democrats are more trusted to handle the pandemic and infrastructure than Republicans.
  • As vaccination rates begin to plateau, approval of the vaccine rollout remains steady and high.


Biden’s Ratings on His Handling of His Job as President, the Pandemic, and the Economy All Remain Positive

  • Biden’s approval ratings are at +31 on the pandemic, +11 overall, and +6 on the economy.

Biden and the Democratic Party Are Viewed Favorably Overall While Trump and Republicans Are Underwater

While Biden is at net -7 (42% favorable/49% unfavorable) among independents, Trump is at -23 (36% fav/59% unfav) and the Republican Party is at net -48 (20% fav/68% unfav).

Infrastructure and Pandemic Handling Dominating Positive Discussion of Biden

Nine in ten Democrats (90%), 58% of independents, and 45% of Republicans report hearing “mostly positive” or a “mix of positive and negative” on Biden.

Biden and Democrats More Trusted Than Republicans on Pandemic, Infrastructure, Economy, Small Businesses

Among independents, Biden and Democrats hold significant leads on combating the coronavirus pandemic (+24) and on infrastructure (+19); Republicans hold narrow leads on the economy (-5) and looking out for small businesses (-2).

As Reported Vaccination Rates Stabilize, Vaccine Rollout Approval Remains Steady and High

Since April, at least nine in ten Americans have reported knowing someone who has been vaccinated as approval of the rollout has stayed around 70%. In the last month, roughly 60% have consistently reported being personally vaccinated.

About The Study

This release features findings from a national online survey of 1,000 registered voters conducted June 24-28, 2021. Additional interviews were conducted among 100 Hispanic voters, 101 African American voters, 101 independents without a partisan lean, and 71 Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.

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In a world where the news cycle is the length of a tweet, our leaders often lack the real-time public-sentiment analysis to shape the best approaches to talking about the issues that matter the most. Navigator is designed to act as a consistent, flexible, responsive tool to inform policy debates by conducting research and reliable guidance to inform allies, elected leaders, and the press. Navigator is a project led by pollsters from Global Strategy Group and GBAO along with an advisory committee, including: Andrea Purse, progressive strategist; Arkadi Gerney, The Hub Project; Joel Payne, The Hub Project; Christina Reynolds, EMILY’s List; Delvone Michael, Working Families; Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute; Mike Podhorzer, AFL-CIO; Jesse Ferguson, progressive strategist; Navin Nayak, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Stephanie Valencia, EquisLabs; and Melanie Newman, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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