Most Republicans Approved of Joe Biden's Inauguration Speech: Poll

Almost three quarters of Republicans said President Joe Biden's Innauguration Day speech was good, even though they were split on whether they believed the statements of unity underlying his first address to the nation.

The latest poll from Ipsos found that 72 percent of Republicans thought the president's inaugural address was "good," compared to 97 percent of Democratic voters. A little more than three quarters of independents (78 percent) took a similar view of the speech.

Overall, a little more than eight in ten Americans (83 percent) thought Biden's speech was good. Ten percent felt it was either "somewhat" or very poor. A further 6 percent had no opinion on the address.

When asked whether they believed President Biden when he said he wanted to be a "president for all Americans," Republicans were less likely to take a favorable view. Forty-six percent said they believed the president's statement, and just 39 percent took him at his word when he said he would "always level" with Americans.

Joe Biden Oath of Office
Joe Biden, flanked by incoming US First Lady Jill Biden, takes the oath of office at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

There were similar divisions among GOP voters when quizzed on whether Biden would truly fight as hard for the voters who did not support him at the 2020 election as though who voted for his rival.

But, once again, overall belief in the president's messages of unity was higher. Around two thirds of all voters said they were convinced by his key claims to be a president interested in the unity of the country.

A little less than three quarters of Americans agreed with the president when he said democracy had "prevailed" in the wake of the Capitol riots on January 6.

Ipsos surveyed 498 adults shortly after Biden delivered his speech on January 20 for its latest poll. Its overall margin of error stands at 5 percentage points.

The bulk of Biden's inaugural address was concerned with unity as he spoke to a more muted crowd, owing to heightened security and pandemic restrictions. But he also take aim at the threat of "white supremacy" and political extremism, and warned that it would be dealt with under his administration.

"To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America, requires so much more than words," the commander-in-chief said. "It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity."

He later added: "This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward. And we must meet this moment as the United States of America. If we do that, I guarantee you, we will not fail."