American public approves Administration's first steps on coronavirus

New ABC News/Ipsos poll finds Trump continues to divide the country

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  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, February 7, 2021

Most Americans approve of President Biden's handling of the coronavirus and believe the distribution of the vaccine has been generally fair. However, this new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds that the public is more divided on the scope of the new coronavirus aid package and if the Senate should convict Donald Trump.

1.Two thirds of Americans approve of the way Joe Biden is handling the response to the coronavirus.

  • Thinking about a new coronavirus aid package, 49% of Americans think President Biden should work to pass the $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package with just the support of the Democrats in Congress. Two in five think President Biden should work to pass a smaller coronavirus aid package with the support of some Republicans in Congress.

chart2. Americans are split when asked if there are more radical extremists in the Democratic or Republican party, with a slight plurality (42%) saying there are more in the Republican party. A third (32%) feel that extremists are found equally in both parties.  

3. A slight majority (56%) of Americans support the Senate convicting Donald Trump and barring him from office in the future. However, this falls strongly along party lines with over 9 in 10 Democrats supporting and over 8 in 10 Republicans opposing.

About the Study

This ABC News/Ipsos poll was conducted February 5 to February 6, 2021 by Ipsos using the probability-based KnowledgePanel®. This poll is based on a nationally representative probability sample of 508 general population adults age 18 or older.

The survey was conducted using KnowledgePanel, the largest and most well-established online probability-based panel that is representative of the adult US population. Our recruitment process employs a scientifically developed addressed-based sampling methodology using the latest Delivery Sequence File of the USPS – a database with full coverage of all delivery points in the US. Households invited to join the panel are randomly selected from all available households in the U.S. Persons in the sampled households are invited to join and participate in the panel. Those selected who do not already have internet access are provided a tablet and internet connection at no cost to the panel member. Those who join the panel and who are selected to participate in a survey are sent a unique password-protected log-in used to complete surveys online. As a result of our recruitment and sampling methodologies, samples from KnowledgePanel cover all households regardless of their phone or internet status and findings can be reported with a margin of sampling error and projected to the general population.

The study was conducted in both English and Spanish. The data were weighted to adjust for gender by age, race/ethnicity, education, Census region, metropolitan status, household income, and party identification. The demographic benchmarks came from 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) from the US Census Bureau. Party ID benchmarks are from recent ABC News/Washington Post telephone polls. The weighting categories were as follows:

  • Gender (Male, Female) by Age (18–29, 30–44, 45–59, and 60+)
  • Race/Hispanic Ethnicity (White Non-Hispanic, Black Non-Hispanic, Other or 2+ Races Non-Hispanic, Hispanic)
  • Education (High School graduate or less, Some College, Bachelor and beyond)
  • Census Region (Northeast, Midwest, South, West)
  • Metropolitan status (Metro, non-Metro)
  • Household Income (Under $25,000, $25,000-$49,999, $50,000-$74,999, $75,000-$99,999, $100,000-$149,999, $150,000+)
  • Party ID (Democrat, Republican, Independent, Something else)

The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4.8 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, for results based on the entire sample of adults. The margin of sampling error takes into account the design effect, which was 1.2. The margin of sampling error is higher and varies for results based on sub-samples. In our reporting of the findings, percentage points are rounded off to the nearest whole number. As a result, percentages in a given table column may total slightly higher or lower than 100%. In questions that permit multiple responses, columns may total substantially more than 100%, depending on the number of different responses offered by each respondent. 

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