Washington, DC, May 18, 2021 – April 29th marked President Joe Biden’s 100th day in office. With it came a reflection from Americans on how he has handled the nation’s issues, courtesy of an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Thomson Reuters April 12-16. Thirty-nine percent of Americans believe the country is moving in the right direction, a sentiment primarily driven by Biden’s Democratic base (68%), followed by independents (30%). Respondents are most likely to believe that the pandemic (58%) and economy (38%) are moving in the right direction. On the other hand, only 23% of Americans believe immigration is going well, with 53% saying it is off on the wrong track. Democrats and Republicans disagree regarding national politics, with 53% of Democrats saying they are moving in the right direction while 77% of Republicans believe they are off on the wrong track.
Overall, approval of Joe Biden’s performance in office thus far stands at 55%. By comparison, at the end of former president Donald Trump’s 100 days in office, his approval rating stood at 44%. Comparing Americans’ approval of Biden’s handling of the nation’s issues to Trump’s, Biden performed better than Trump in his first 100 days on the economy (52% for Biden versus 49% for Trump), the environment (54% versus 38%), the effort he is making to unite the country (56% versus 45%), and the way he treats people like me (56% versus 40%). Conversely, Trump fared better on international trade (45% for Trump versus 43% for Biden), taxation (46% versus 45%), and immigration (46% versus 42%). Biden was then also rated on some more recent issues, namely the pandemic/COVID-19 (65% approval), along with racial inequality (51%) and gun violence (46%).
Finally, healthcare (16%), the economy (13%), and terrorism (11%) were the most pressing issues around the time of Trump’s 100-day mark. At this point in Biden’s presidency, the economy (20%) continues to be important, but immigration (15%) and public health (13%) have also risen to the top.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between April 12-16, 2021 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 4,423 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 2,070 Democrats, 1,575 Republicans, and 468 independents. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 1.7 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. The poll also has a credibility interval of ± 2.5 percentage points for Democrats, ± 2.8 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 5.2 percentage points for independents.
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