[Ed. – If you’re concerned about the country falling apart while its president naps, flip over to CNN, where life is rosier than ever.]
Joe Biden’s approval numbers are stunning, with 63% of Americans saying in a new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll that they approve of the job he’s doing, overall. Americans particularly like his handling of the pandemic, with 71% saying they approve. Notably, that includes 47% of Republicans.
This puts Biden’s approval ratings for his first 112 days well over Trump’s, for example, who never crossed the 50% threshold in an AP-NORC poll. Why stunning? Biden’s approval numbers have been consistently high — even ticking up slightly — at the same time as his policy agenda has gotten increasingly progressive and ambitious. In March, AP-NORC polling already had his approval at 61%. It appears that his steady, competent leadership is paying off — even as he tacks left.