Halfway through his first 100 days in office, President Biden’s average approval rating is 9 percent higher than President Donald Trump’s was on his 50th day in office.
On day 50 of his term, President Biden is supported by 53.4 percent of Americans, while Donald Trump’s average approval rating sat at 44.5 percent on day 50 of his presidency, according to FiveThirtyEight. Trump and Biden’s disapproval numbers around the 50-day mark show a similar trend in popularity among Americans, with Biden’s 50-day approval rating at 39.9 percent while Trump’s 50-day disapproval rating was 44.3 percent. The two men also started their presidencies on different footing when it comes to approval ratings. FiveThirtyEight shows Biden’s starting approval rating at 53 percent on day 4, the first recorded approval polling data available, and Trump’s day 4 rating at 45.5 percent.
This week’s passage of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, the American Rescue Plan, may have played a part in Biden’s higher approval ratings, with a Pew Research Center poll showing 70 percent of Americans in support of the historic stimulus bill signed by Biden on Thursday. The massive bill delivers much-anticipated financial relief to families and businesses across the United States, as well as extending jobless benefits and issuing financial assistance to state and local governments as they work to continue COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The package was supported by voters across the political spectrum, with Pew Research showing 41 percent of Republican-leaning voters in support of the bill. The package was widely supported by left-leaning voters, with 94 percent approval.
Biden’s 53.4 percent approval is a particularly stark contrast against Trump’s, which never made it above 50 percent throughout the duration of his four year term. Trump’s highest approval rating was in early 2020, after acquittal in his first impeachment trial and before COVID-19 hit the United States. Trump’s lowest Gallup approval rating was 34 percent upon his exit from office in January, and just following the attack on the US Capitol on January 6th. Gallup says Trump’s final approval rating was the lowest of any president since Gallup began polling voters in 1938.
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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