Joe Biden's Approval Rating Remains Buoyant Amid Slew of Executive Orders

Joe Biden still holds majority approval in the early stages of his tenure despite some critics having taken issue with the amount of executive orders he has issued and his presidential actions since he entered the White House.

The speed at which he has issued executive orders has outstripped his recent predecessors, with swift action taken to move forward his priorities and to repeal some of the work of former President Donald Trump.

Republicans have bemoaned this, highlighting what they deem a juxtaposition between such use of his powers and his continued calls for unity.

In his first 12 days, Biden signed more executive orders than Trump or Barack Obama's totals over the same time period combined, signing 25 in that period. He has also outpaced them in terms of presidential actions in his first week.

Ahead of his inauguration, a statement from Biden's transition team outlined his executive order plans and said: "President-elect Biden will take action—not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration—but also to start moving our country forward."

Despite his political adversaries taking issue with the number of such actions, which began on his first day, and with specifics of his orders, Biden's approval remains at 53.4 percent according to FiveThirtyEight's tracker.

His rating stands as of February 1. It began at 53 percent, staying around this figure throughout his time in office so far, having gone to 55 at its height this far in. His disapproval rating is at 36 percent according to the tracker, having begun at 36 percent.

The Real Clear Politics tracker also has Biden at majority approval in its latest average. This puts him at 55 percent approval and 35.1 percent disapproval.

In earlier polling, Biden began with an approval rating higher than the number his predecessor Trump ever achieved.

While Biden's executive actions have irked Republican adversaries, some progressives have also been left unsatisfied—suggesting they do not go far enough.

Biden is also facing pressure over stimulus checks, with no relief having been signed off yet. His promises over direct payments on the campaign trail have come into question as people still await for action to be agreed upon.

He has met with a group of Republican senators in order to discuss a bipartisan way forward, having stressed his desire to work in a bipartisan manner. Other Democratic lawmakers, however, have expressed their desire to more forward with his proposals regardless.

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment on Biden's approval rating and reactions to his executive orders.

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President Joe Biden meets with Republican Senators to discuss a coronavirus relief plan at the Oval office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on February 1, 2021. He has retained a majority approval rating throughout his time in the White House so far. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images