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Ratings of Biden Remain Strong As Nearly Half Are Vaccinated

Friday, April 16, 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.

This release features findings from a national online survey of 1,256 registered voters conducted April 8-12, 2021. Additional interviews were conducted among 97 Hispanic voters, 100 African American voters, 100 independents without a partisan lean, and 92 Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.

Key takeaways

  • Biden continues to earn consistently positive marks on his handling of the presidency, the pandemic, and the economy.
  • Nearly half report having personally been vaccinated, as seven in ten now approve of how the rollout is going.
  • A majority of Democrats report being vaccinated, while more than a third of Republicans are unlikely to get one at all.

Consistent Majorities Approve of Biden’s Handling Of His Job as President, the Pandemic, and the Economy

Over the last two months, President Biden has maintained double-digit net approval ratings on his overall job handling (+13 in our latest survey), the pandemic (+28), and the economy (+10).

Vaccination Rates Climb as Approval Remains High

More than nine in ten Americans now know someone who has been vaccinated, with nearly half reporting having personally gotten the jab; seven in ten also approve of the vaccine rollout, up 31 points since February 1st.

Democrats Are Getting Vaccinated At Highest Rates; More Than One in Three Republicans Unlikely To Get Vaccine

In early March, there was a 5-point difference in the share of Democrats (20%) reporting having been vaccinated compared to Republicans (15%); that has expanded to 17 points (54% of Democrats compared to 37% of Republicans).

  • The share of independents vaccinated or likely to get one has increased from 48% in early March to 63% now.

Despite Nearly Half of Americans Reporting Being Vaccinated, Most Agree We Should Keep Social Distancing and Masking

Three in five independents (59%) continue to say “we shouldn’t put our guards down now.”

Americans Continue to See Biden’s Policies As Having a Positive Impact on the Pandemic

Among independents, 61% say Biden’s policies have had a positive impact, as do 37% of Republicans.

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