Joe Biden's Early Approval Rating Highlights Severe Democrat and Republican Split

A partisan split over Joe Biden's early approval rating highlights a severe divide in opinion between Democrats and Republicans.

Biden's approval rating has been buoyant in the initial days of his presidency, boosted by near-consensus approval from Democrats.

In Gallup polling from January 21 to February 2 of 906 U.S. adults, 57 percent of those asked approve of the job Biden is doing so far.

Split by party affiliation though, there is an almost polar divide in approval of Biden.

Among Democrats, he has 98 percent approval, whereas among Republicans he has just 11 percent. This shows an 87 percent gap—which surpasses similar markers for any recent president, according to Gallup polling.

"Biden's initial approval rating is more divergent by party than any other recent president, with only Trump coming close," an article from Gallup explaining the polling states.

"Both Biden and Trump had low ratings from supporters of the other party, but Biden's approval rating is more polarized than Trump's because he gets higher ratings among Democrats than Trump did among Republicans."

It added: "Should Biden continue to receive strong backing from Democrats and limited support from Republicans, he would rival Trump for having the most polarized approval ratings historically."

Biden's presidential campaign focused largely on unity and he spoke of his desire to work for all Americans since his victory.

In his inauguration speech, Biden said: "To all those who supported our campaign I am humbled by the faith you have placed in us.

"To all 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 went on: "And I pledge this to you: I will be a President for all Americans.

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

On issues such as COVID-19 relief, Biden has spoken of his desire to work in a bipartisan manner and has held meetings with GOP senators in the hope of doing so.

However, while he has taken actions such as this other, steps in the early days of his presidency have faced Republican scrutiny.

GOP lawmakers have questioned his use of executive orders and the number of presidential actions he has taken since being sworn in as president. Some have suggested this flies in the face of calls for unity.

Despite such critiques, Biden's overall approval remains above 50 percent. According to FiveThirtyEight's tracker, he is at 53.8 percent approval. Real Clear Politics' tracker puts him on 54.6 percent.

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment.

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President Joe Biden speaks about foreign policy at the State Department in Washington, DC, on February 4, 2021. Approval rating polling has shown a partisan split in thoughts on his performance. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images