Nearly 100 days into the Biden administration, just over half of Americans approve of the job the president has been doing, according to poll results released Sunday.
The 52% approval rating is the lowest of any recent commander-in-chief at this point in their administration except for former President Donald Trump, according to the Washington Post-ABC News survey.
Another 42% of Americans disapprove of Biden so far, the Post said.
About this time in 2017, 42% of Americans approved of Trump, and 53% disapproved.
Biden’s highest marks come from his handling of the pandemic, winning the approval of about six in 10 Americans, and 52% gave him kudos for his performance on the economy.
The survey results come after Democrats passed nearly $2 trillion in COVID relief in March and as Biden has led massive efforts to vaccinate the country while pushing for a sweeping legislative package on infrastructure.
Just over half of Americans approve of the job Biden is doing, according to a Washington Post poll released Sunday. (Andrew Harnik/)
But only 37% of Americans approve of his job on immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Six in 10 Americans said Biden should be willing to implement “major changes” to his proposals in order to gain Republican support.
The survey was taken after unprecedented chaos at the end of Trump’s term, in which the 45th president falsely claimed he actually won the 2020 election.
Among the Republicans surveyed, 78% said they strongly disapprove of the job Biden has been doing. That compares with 72% of Democrats who strongly disapproved of Trump in spring 2017.
Looking further back, in April 2009, 43% of Republicans strongly disapproved of then-President Barack Obama’s early performance in office.
Biden is scheduled to give his first State of the Union speech on Wednesday, ahead of his 100th day in office on Friday.
Due to concerns over possible COVID spread, only about 200 out of 529 members of Congress will be allowed to attend the speech inside the House of Representatives chamber.
Biden is expected to tout his “American Families Plan” covering initiatives like paid family leave, community college and child care and tax credits for working-class parents.