President Joe Biden has approval of more than half of Americans after nearly 100 days in office, poll shows

Leah Sinclair
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Biden (AP)
Biden (AP)

More than half of Americans approve of President Joe Biden after nearly 100 days in office, a new poll has found.

The national opinion poll, from Reuters and Ipsos, found that of 4,423 adults, 55 per cent approved of President Biden’s performance in office.

However, 40 per cent disapproved of the US leader, and the rest were unsure.

President Biden received high remarks for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with 65 per cent supporting his response.

Since taking office, around 50 per cent of US adults have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the CDC.

A month ago, only about a third of adults had received one dose of a jab.

While his approach to Covid was favoured, the president faced strong criticism on the topic of immigration, with 49 per cent disapproving of the president’s border policy, as the number of migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border continues to rise.

Americans were also generally supportive of President Biden’s stance on racial inequality and the environment, with 54 per cent and 51 per cent approving of his record so far, respectively.

It comes as the president set out a new target to achieve a 50-52 per cent reduction in emissions from 2005 levels by 2030, as he hosted a virtual leaders summit to galvanise international action to curb rising global temperatures.

President Biden is hoping the ambitious plan will encourage China and other big polluters to fast-track their own efforts before the COP26 meeting in Glasgow later this year.

The new US target is part of the country’s national climate plan, which it is submitting as part of its return to the Paris climate accord, the world’s first comprehensive climate treaty which Donald Trump quit when he was president.

Opening the summit, Mr Biden said: “The signs are unmistakable, the science is undeniable. The cost of inaction keeps mounting.

“The United States isn’t waiting, we are resolving to take action, not only our federal government but our cities and our states all across our country, small business, large corporations, American workers in every field.”

He said the US could not solve the problem on its own, and urged: “All of us, particularly those who represent the world’s largest economies, we have to step up.

“Those that do take action and make bold investments in their people, in clean energy futures, will win the good jobs of tomorrow and make their economies more resilient and more competitive.”

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