After a week in office, US President Joe Biden has a higher approval rating than Donald Trump in his entire presidency, a new poll on Wednesday found.
A survey by Monmouth University found that 54 percent of Americans approve of Biden’s performance and 30 percent disagree.
Trump spent most of his presidency with ratings in the low 40s, leaving office on Jan. 20 with a Gallup poll of just 34 percent, a record low.
A Morning Consult poll published on Monday gave Biden 56 percent approval and 34 percent disagreement. Another poll published Monday by Hill-HarrisX found that Biden is in favor of 63 percent approval.
Despite the strong performance for the Democrat, the results also show strong polarization in the United States after Trump’s four-year tenure.
In the Monmouth poll, Biden got 90 percent approval from Democrats, but only 47 percent from Independents and 15 percent from Republicans.
“Overall, there seems to be more goodwill for Biden than Trump, but it really is collapsing by partisan standards. Right now, more people identify as Democrats than Republicans,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
According to the website fivethirtyeight.com, Trump became the first president in half a century to not have a honeymoon with much better polls in the first six months.
Barack Obama had an average of 60 percent approval in his first six months and his predecessor George W. Bush had 53.9 percent.
In contrast, Trump had an average approval rating of 41.4 percent for his first six months.
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