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April 21, 2021

Biden Overall Job Approval at 59%

A total of 59% of Americans say they approve of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president and 35% say they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. In March, 60% approved of the way Biden was handling his job as president and 34% disapproved.

When it comes to Biden's handling of the economy, 61% of Americans approve and 34% disapprove. In March, 62% approved of the way Biden was handling the economy and 34% disapproved.

When it comes to Biden's handling of the coronavirus outbreak, 64% of Americans approve and 31% disapprove. In March, 64% approved of the way Biden was handling the coronavirus outbreak and 31% disapproved.

Among Americans registered to vote, 59% approve of the way Biden is handling his job as president and 35% disapprove. On Biden's handling of the economy, 62% of registered voters approve and 34% disapprove. And on Biden's handling of the coronavirus outbreak, 65% of registered voters approve and 31% disapprove.

Of the 59% of Americans saying they approve of the way Biden is handling his job as president, 87% say they expect the national economy to be better a year from now. Of the 35% saying they disapprove of the way Biden his handling his job as president, 99% say they expect the national economy to be worse a year from now.

The results presented here are based on 1,100 completed interviews conducted among a nationwide random sample of adults April 17 through 20, 2021. The theoretical margin of error for the total sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points, 95% of the time, on questions where opinion is evenly split.

Overall, 59% of Americans say that they approve of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president, 35% disapprove, and 6% are undecided.

Biden job approval Approve Disapprove Undecided
Apr 2021 59% 35% 6%
Mar 2021 60% 34% 6%
Feb 2021 58% 34% 8%
Donald Trump:
Jan 2021 30% 66% 4%
Dec 2020 41% 56% 3%
Nov 2020 41% 55% 4%
Oct 2020 35% 60% 5%
Sep 2020 35% 59% 6%
Aug 2020 38% 59% 3%
Jul 2020 36% 60% 4%
Jun 2020 38% 58% 4%
May 2020 40% 57% 3%
Apr 2020 41% 55% 4%

Among Republicans (28% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 25% of all adults in the survey), 14% approve of the way Biden is handling his job and 79% disapprove. Among Democrats (37% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 33% of all adults in the survey), 95% approve and 3% disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job. Among independents (35% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 32% of all adults in the survey), 57% approve and 33% disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job as president.

Overall, 61% of Americans say that they approve of the way Joe Biden is handling the economy, 34% disapprove, and 5% are undecided. Among registered voters, 62% approve and 34% disapprove of the way Biden is handling the economy.

Biden handling the economy Approve Disapprove Undecided
Apr 2021 61% 34% 5%
Mar 2021 62% 34% 4%
Feb 2021 60% 33% 7%
Donald Trump:
Jan 2021 38% 59% 3%
Dec 2020 39% 57% 4%
Nov 2020 40% 55% 5%
Oct 2020 38% 57% 5%
Sep 2020 39% 56% 5%
Aug 2020 40% 55% 5%
Jul 2020 38% 58% 4%
Jun 2020 40% 58% 2%
May 2020 37% 59% 4%
Apr 2020 45% 52% 3%

Among Republicans, 16% approve of the way Biden is handling the economy and 79% disapprove. Among Democrats, 97% approve of the way Biden is handling the economy and 1% disapprove. Among independents, 61% approve and 32% disapprove of the way Biden is handling the economy.

Overall, 64% of Americans say they approve of the way Joe Biden is handling the coronavirus outbreak, 31% say they disapprove, and 5% are undecided.

Biden handling coronavirus outbreak Approve Disapprove Undecided
Apr 2021 64% 31% 5%
Mar 2021 64% 31% 5%
Feb 2021 62% 29% 9%
Donald Trump:
Jan 2021 29% 68% 3%
Dec 2020 37% 57% 6%
Nov 2020 37% 57% 6%
Oct 2020 31% 61% 8%
Sep 2020 33% 60% 7%
Aug 2020 35% 60% 5%
Jul 2020 35% 58% 7%
Jun 2020 37% 58% 5%
May 2020 41% 51% 8%

Among Republicans, 23% approve of the way Biden is handling the coronavirus outbreak and 71% disapprove. Among Democrats, 97% approve of the way Biden is handling the coronavirus outbreak and 1% disapprove. Among independents, 61% approve and 32% disapprove of the way Biden is handling the coronavirus outbreak.

A total of 30% of Americans say that the national economy is getting better, 27% say it is staying the same, and 29% say the national economy is getting worse.

National economy

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

Apr 2021 30% 27% 29% 14%
Mar 2021 27% 30% 30% 13%
Feb 2021 22% 31% 34% 13%
Jan 2021 21% 19% 57% 3%
Dec 2020 33% 15% 50% 2%
Nov 2020 35% 17% 46% 2%
Oct 2020 30% 16% 52% 2%
Sep 2020 29% 19% 49% 3%
Aug 2020 22% 21% 56% 1%
Jul 2020 18% 20% 60% 2%
Jun 2020 18% 19% 58% 5%
May 2020 18% 16% 60% 6%
Apr 2020 18% 18% 58% 6%

Among those saying they approve of the way Biden is handling his job, 51% say getting better, 33% say staying the same, and 10% say getting worse. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job, less than 1% say getting better, 20% say staying the same, and 68% say getting worse.

A total of 57% of Americans say they believe the national economy will be better a year from now, 7% say it will be the same, and 35% say it will be worse.

National economy a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than today

Undecided

Apr 2021 57% 7% 35% 1%
Mar 2021 59% 7% 33% 1%
Feb 2021 57% 9% 33% 1%
Jan 2021 42% 20% 27% 11%
Dec 2020 50% 19% 20% 11%
Nov 2020 48% 21% 19% 12%
Oct 2020 47% 25% 17% 11%
Sep 2020 49% 20% 18% 13%
Aug 2020 54% 18% 18% 10%
Jul 2020 53% 13% 26% 8%
Jun 2020 55% 13% 24% 8%
May 2020 53% 18% 21% 8%
Apr 2020 51% 21% 22% 6%

Among those saying they approve of the way Biden is handling his job, 87% say better, 11% say the same as today, and less than 1% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job as president, less than 1% say better, less than 1% say the same, and 99% say worse.

Overall, 30% of Americans say they believe that the national economy is in a recession, 41% say they do not believe the economy is in a recession, and 29% are undecided.

National economy in a recession Yes No Undecided
Apr 2021 30% 41% 29%
Mar 2021 35% 34% 31%
Feb 2021 39% 26% 35%
Jan 2021 46% 38% 16%
Dec 2020 41% 43% 16%
Nov 2020 37% 46% 17%
Oct 2020 43% 41% 16%
Sep 2020 50% 36% 14%
Aug 2020 51% 33% 16%
Jul 2020 48% 30% 22%
Jun 2020 49% 27% 24%
May 2020 45% 31% 24%
Apr 2020 38% 34% 28%

Among those saying they approve of the way Biden is handling his job, 30% say the national economy is in a recession, 43% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 27% are undecided. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job, 36% say the national economy is in a recession, 44% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 20% are undecided.

A total of 49% of Americans rate the national economy as excellent, very good, or good and 43% rate it as bad, very bad, or terrible.

National economy

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

Apr 2021 6% 22% 21% 32% 7% 4% 8%
Mar 2021 7% 18% 19% 36% 6% 4% 10%
Feb 2021 3% 10% 13% 38% 14% 9% 13%
Jan 2021 13% 14% 18% 31% 9% 14% 1%
Dec 2020 16% 18% 18% 26% 9% 12% 1%
Nov 2020 16% 16% 19% 25% 9% 14% 1%
Oct 2020 15% 13% 20% 28% 8% 14% 2%
Sep 2020 12% 15% 17% 30% 10% 13% 3%
Aug 2020 10% 8% 22% 32% 7% 11% 5%
Jul 2020 5% 6% 24% 34% 12% 13% 6%
Jun 2020 7% 5% 24% 31% 12% 14% 7%
May 2020 7% 7% 23% 32% 12% 12% 7%
Apr 2020 9% 7% 25% 27% 13% 12% 7%

Among those saying they approve of the way Biden is handling his job, 71% say very good, or good and 19% say bad, very bad, or terrible. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job, less than 20% say very good, or good and 72% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

When it comes to rating their household financial situations, 84% of Americans give an excellent, very good, or good rating and 13% give a bad, very bad, or terrible rating.

Household financial situation

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

Apr 2021 16% 20% 48% 11% 1% 1% 3%
Mar 2021 17% 15% 49% 14% 1% 2% 2%
Feb 2021 12% 13% 57% 13% 3% 1% 1%
Jan 2021 14% 15% 46% 13% 5% 2% 5%
Dec 2020 16% 19% 42% 13% 4% 3% 3%
Nov 2020 18% 18% 41% 13% 3% 3% 4%
Oct 2020 18% 19% 40% 13% 2% 3% 5%
Sep 2020 18% 19% 45% 12% 2% 2% 2%
Aug 2020 17% 19% 44% 15% 1% 2% 2%
Jul 2020 16% 20% 44% 13% 3% 2% 2%
Jun 2020 17% 19% 43% 13% 4% 2% 2%
May 2020 18% 17% 42% 15% 5% 2% 1%
Apr 2020 17% 17% 42% 14% 4% 3% 3%

Among those saying they approve of the way Biden is handling his job, 92% say excellent, very good, or good and 8% say bad, very bad, or terrible. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job, 68% say very good, or good and 24% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

A total of 21% of Americans say they think the financial situations in their households are getting better, 57% say staying the same, and 21% say getting worse.

Household financial situation

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

Apr 2021 21% 57% 21% 1%
Mar 2021 22% 59% 18% 1%
Feb 2021 17% 70% 9% 4%
Jan 2021 7% 56% 30% 7%
Dec 2020 11% 57% 25% 7%
Nov 2020 13% 55% 25% 7%
Oct 2020 14% 54% 24% 8%
Sep 2020 17% 53% 25% 5%
Aug 2020 14% 53% 28% 5%
Jul 2020 14% 46% 36% 4%
Jun 2020 16% 45% 33% 6%
May 2020 14% 46% 35% 5%
Apr 2020 12% 48% 32% 8%

Among those saying they approve of the way Biden is handling his job, 30% say getting better, 60% say staying the same, and 6% say getting worse. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job, 8% say getting better, 44% say staying the same, and 48% say getting worse.

Looking to a year from now, 29% of Americans say that they think their household financial situations will be better than today, 42% say the same as today, and 28% say worse than today.

Household financial situation a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than
today

Undecided

Apr 2021 29% 42% 28% 1%
Mar 2021 26% 44% 27% 3%
Feb 2021 35% 39% 21% 5%
Jan 2021 28% 42% 22% 8%
Dec 2020 35% 39% 17% 9%
Nov 2020 36% 37% 19% 8%
Oct 2020 30% 42% 19% 9%
Sep 2020 30% 45% 16% 9%
Aug 2020 37% 39% 15% 9%
Jul 2020 37% 36% 17% 10%
Jun 2020 41% 33% 16% 10%
May 2020 40% 36% 14% 10%
Apr 2020 43% 34% 18% 5%

Among those saying they approve of the way Biden is handling his job, 41% say better than today, 49% say the same as today, and 6% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job, 12% say better than today, 20% say the same as today, and 68% say worse than today.


About this Survey -

Survey Sponsor: American Research Group, Inc.

The American Research Group has been conducting national surveys of consumers since 1985.

Sample Size: 1,100 completed interviews among a random sample of all adults age 18 and older living in households in the continental United States (see methodology for details). There were 278 Republicans, 363 Democrats, 347 independents, and 112 non-voters in the sample.

Sample Dates: April 17-20, 2021    

Margin of Error: 3 percentage points, 95% of the time, on questions where opinion is evenly split.

Question Wording and Order:

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president?

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling the economy?

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling the coronavirus outbreak?

How do you rate the condition of the national economy these days - would you say it is excellent, very good, good, bad, very bad, or terrible?

Do you think the national economy is getting better, staying the same, or getting worse?

Would you say that the national economy is in a recession, or not?

A year from now, do you expect the national economy to be better than it is today, the same as it is today, or worse than it is today?

How do you rate the condition of the financial situation in your household - would you say it is excellent, very good, good, bad, very bad, or terrible?

Do you think the financial situation in your household is getting better, staying the same, or getting worse?

A year from now, do you expect the financial situation in your household to be better than it is today, the same as it is today, or worse than it is today?

 

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