Joe Biden Inauguration Leaves 1 in 7 Republicans Feeling Hopeful

The inauguration of President Joe Biden left one in seven Republicans feeling hopeful, according to a new poll.

The Democrat became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, replacing Donald Trump in the White House.

YouGov asked 5,575 U.S. adults on Thursday: "On January 20, the leadership of the United States formally transitioned from Donald Trump to Joe Biden. Putting aside your political affiliation, how does the inauguration make you feel?"

"Hopeful" was the most commonly chosen response, with 43 percent picking this description.

Broken down by party affiliation, 14 percent of Republicans—roughly one in seven—said the inauguration made them hopeful.

The most common response from Republicans was "concerned," with 47 percent opting for this. Thirty-four percent said the inauguration made them sad and 27 percent chose embarrassed. A quarter, 25 percent, said it made them angry.

For Democrats, 67 percent said happy, 66 percent opted for hopeful, 62 percent relieved, 46 percent proud and 41 percent patriotic.

President Biden has consistently spoken of the need for unity.

"To all those who supported our campaign, I'm humbled by the faith you've placed in us. To all of those who did not support us, let me say this: hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart," he said in his inauguration speech.

"If you still disagree, so be it. That's democracy. That's American. The right to dissent peaceably. Within the guardrails of our republic, it's perhaps this nation's greatest strength. Yet hear me clearly: disagreement must not lead to disunion. And I pledge this to you: I will be a president for all Americans, all Americans.

"And I promise you I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did."

Despite Biden's calls for unity, Republican voters have remained skeptical about the election following Trump's drawn-out bid to alter the outcome. The former president repeatedly suggested that widespread fraud and irregularities facilitated Biden's win, although there was no evidence of this.

A recent poll for CNN found that 75 percent of Republicans did not think Biden won the race legitimately.

In separate NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist College survey, 78 percent of Republicans said they did not trust the results of the presidential election.

The new president has also faced criticism from GOP lawmakers who spoke out against the raft of executive orders he signed on his first day in office.

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment on the Inauguration Day poll.

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President Joe Biden waves after being sworn into office on January 20. His inauguration left 14 percent of Republicans feeling hopeful, according to polling. Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images