50 Percent of Americans Back Biden's Job Performance, Most Praise His Pandemic Handling: Poll

A recent poll put President Joe Biden's approval rating at 50 percent, with a majority of Americans approving of how he is dealing with the pandemic.

The ABC/Washington Post poll, conducted in June and released on Sunday, surveyed Americans on the president's job performance. When asked if they approve of his overall performance, 30 percent strongly agreed, 19 percent somewhat agreed, 7 percent somewhat disagreed, and 35 percent strongly disagreed.

The poll revealed an overall approval rating for Biden at 50 percent from Americans. Those polled showed an even higher approval rating for the president's handling of the pandemic at 62 percent, while 31 percent disapproved of the handling. One-third of Republicans believed that the president is dealing with the pandemic appropriately.

A question on Biden's handling of the U.S.-Mexico border crisis showed a much lower positivity, with only 33 percent of Americans approving of how he is dealing with immigration, and 51 percent disapproving.

Only 38 percent of Americans believed Biden is well-managing the increasing crime rate in the country; 48 percent disapproved.

The poll showed Biden's steady approval rating declining slightly over the last three months.

A similar poll from ABC/Washington Post in April to measure Biden's job performance in his first 100 days as president. That poll revealed a 52 percent approval rating while 42 percent of Americans disapproved of his performance. His handling of the coronavirus crisis was approved by 64 percent of Americans in April.

Joe Biden on Air Force One
A new poll shows a 50 percent approval rating for President Joe Biden's job performance. Above, Biden makes his way to board Air Force One in Traverse City, Michigan on July 3, 2021. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The June poll also asked participants their stance on COVID-19 vaccines. Three-fourths responded that they have not had COVID-19, 11 percent have, and 12 percent believe they had it but did not test positive for the virus.

Of those polled, 60 percent have had at least the first dose of a vaccine, while 38 percent are completely unvaccinated from COVID-19. A majority of the unvaccinated said they do not plan to get the shot, with 52 percent saying definitely not, and 23 percent at probably not.

Additionally, the survey also took a look at the issue of voting. Amid the recent Supreme Court rulings that upheld voting restrictions in Arizona, 62 percent of Americans, according to the poll, believed it was important to pass legislation that makes lawful voting easier, while 30 percent said otherwise. Broken down by party lines, 89 percent of Democrats backed making voting less restrictive, followed by 62 percent of independents and 32 percent of Republicans. And measuring by race and ethnicity, the poll found 58 percent of whites saying it was more important for lawful voting to be made easier; 82 percent of Blacks and 67 percent of Latinos felt similarly.

The latest ABC/Washington Post poll surveyed a random sample of 907 American adults over the phone from June 27 to June 30.