Biden’s compatibility on the rise as the majority of Americans feel he is handling the transition well

Biden will assume office with a stock of goodwill in his corner: two-thirds of Americans (66%) approve of the way Biden is handling the presidential transition, and his compatibility rating with the pre-election election in October It is 7 digits. (59% look at it favorably now, compared to 52%).

The public is less positive about the way the rest of the elected Washington handles the transition. President Donald Trump’s most disapproving of dealing with a belligerent time since the election (70% disapproval), and his fellow Republicans in Congress earned similar negative reviews (66% disapproval). About half (51%) of the way, Democrats in Congress handled it.

Once Biden is sworn in and the results of Georgia’s Senate runoff are certified, Democrats will control the presidency, the House, and the Senate. Most Americans say that single-party control would be good for the country (53%), compared to those who say the same about Republican control of the presidency and Congress after the 2016 election (49%), but Fewer than those who feel this way about democratic control (59%) after 2008.

Most say it is likely that Biden will achieve several key goals, including signing another coronavirus incentive bill into law (83% say very or somewhat likely), of US allies (74%) While restoring the relationship with, it ensures that 100 million doses. The coronavirus vaccine is administered by the 100-day mark of their presidency (100%) and a government-run health insurance option is established that anyone can buy (64%).

But there is doubt that it will be able to reduce the political divide in the country (53% say that is unlikely). And Republicans to whom Biden will need to appeal to succeed are likely to say it won’t work (88% unlikely).

The poll shows that Biden’s views are beginning to become increasingly polarized, as there is a large partisan difference in his expectations for the presidency that Trump faced at the beginning of his term in 2017, and a partisan split in the expectation of Barack Obama Was much larger than. took office.

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Overall, 61% of adults expect Biden to do a very good or fairly good job as president, with so much said about Trump in 2017 (but 48%), before he expects good things from office. Do, which is (79)%) before going to his office.

Nearly all Democrats expect Biden to do well as president, 96% said the same about Obama. But among Republicans, the part expected of Biden to do a good job as president, is 40 points less than the part he said about Obama (57% of Republicans said Obama would do a good job, While 17% say that Biden will).

The 79-point clash between Biden between Democrats and Republicans in January 2017 is similar to the gap between Republicans and Democrats, whether Trump would do a good job as president (93% of Republicans said he would do a good job – 14% ) Democrat).

The compatibility rating for the incoming Vice President, Kamala Harris, is higher than her at any point in CNN’s voting. Overall, 51% have a favorable opinion, 39% an unfavorable one. Opinions on Harris are also divided by party, with 90% of Democrats saying they have favorable views versus 9% of Republicans.

Jill Biden’s compatibility rating is largely positive and nearly as high as her husband’s (58% gave a favorable opinion of being a soon-to-be first lady) with 28% expressing a negative view of her.

As was true during last year’s presidential campaign, Democrats and Republicans are living in a completely different world when asked what are the biggest problems in the country today.

Overall, 46% say that coronavirus outbreaks are the biggest problem, with 21% opting for political division, 15% economy, 10% racial injustice and 7% national security. Among Democrats, 65% say coronavirus is the most important problem, with racial injustice at 16%. Among Republicans, however, 32% choose political division, 30% economy, 25% coronavirus and less than 1% say it is racial injustice.

However, most parties in the US say things are going poorly today: 77% say so overall, including 91% of Democrats, 77% of independents and 61% of Republicans. Things have gone awry since April 2009 in CNN voting.

Republicans’ views on the nation’s state have deteriorated significantly since October (with 77% saying things were happening well then 37%). This is typical for a party that lost the presidency, but it is a small drop compared to Democrats following their 2016 electoral loss (from 85% saying 61% were going ahead of Trump’s inauguration before the election ).

And perceptions of the economy are worse than the beginning of Trump’s term: 43% say it is in good condition today compared to 57% in January 2017.

About 6 to 10 overall (61%) say they think the country will be better in four years, as stated in January 2017 (47%). But he is also divided by the party. Among Democrats, 95% say the country will be better in four years, while 73% of Republicans say it will be worse.


The methodology and turnout for voting has been revised compared to previous CNN elections. Interviews conducted on cell phones made up 75% of the total before 75% of the total surveys. Extended dialing over six days, rather than four days, allows for greater effort to contact people who are not easily accessible. The demographic weighting was adjusted for more discrete education categories that were out of the race, and a geographic weighting was applied to ensure a representative distribution for population density. In addition, the results were skewed for partisan identification and among independents, calculated using the average of current polls and the recent three CNN polls.

The new CNN poll was conducted by SSRS on January 9 through 14 with a random national sample of 1,003 adults on a landline or cellphone by a live interviewer. The full sample result has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.


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