February 17, 2021 - Half Of Americans Approve Of The Job President Biden Is Doing, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Most Say Conspiracy Theories In The U.S. Are Out Of Control Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Four weeks after being sworn into office, President Joe Biden receives a positive job approval rating as Americans approve 50 - 38 percent, with 13 percent not offering an opinion, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University national poll of 1,056 adults released today. This is little changed from February 3rd when Americans approved 49 - 36 percent, with 16 percent not offering an opinion.

There are sharp partisan divides with Democrats approving 91 - 2 percent and independents approving 50 - 34 percent, while Republicans disapprove 82 - 11 percent.

When only considering registered voters, Biden's job approval is 52 - 38 percent. It is nearly the inverse of former President Trump's negative 38 - 55 percent job approval rating at roughly the same period during his presidency in a February 22, 2017 poll.

"One month in, these are solid, but not particularly dazzling approval numbers for the new president. There may be some solace in the knowledge that his predecessor spent four years in office without getting very close to 50 percent," said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.

Americans approve 58 - 32 percent of the way Biden is handling the response to the coronavirus. On his handling of the economy, they approve 48 - 39 percent. When it comes to the Biden administration's handling of the reopening of schools, the public is mixed with 42 percent approving, 38 percent disapproving, and 20 percent not offering an opinion.

REPUBLICANS & DEMOCRATS

Half of Americans (50 percent) say they have a less favorable opinion of the Republican Party compared to a year ago, 37 percent say their opinion is about the same, and 11 percent say their opinion is more favorable.

Roughly one-third (35 percent) say they have a less favorable opinion of the Democratic Party compared to a year ago, 46 percent say their opinion is about the same, and 17 percent say their opinion is more favorable.

LIZ CHENEY & MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE

Americans were also asked about two Republican members of Congress who made headlines in recent weeks. One is Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who came under scrutiny by fellow Republicans for her harsh criticism of former President Trump. The other is Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who was stripped of her leadership posts by the House of Representatives because of her embrace of conspiracy theories and endorsement of violence against Democratic lawmakers on social media before she was elected.

Twenty-seven percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Liz Cheney, 19 percent say their opinion is unfavorable, and 51 percent say they haven't heard enough.

Nine percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Marjorie Taylor Greene, 38 percent say their opinion is unfavorable, and 52 percent say they haven't heard enough.

Of the decision by the U.S. House of Representatives to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments, 44 percent of Americans approve, 30 percent disapprove, with 25 percent not offering an opinion.

When asked who is more representative of the Republican Party today, 28 percent say Greene, 25 percent say Cheney, with 47 percent not offering an opinion.

Looking ahead, 45 percent say they would like to see Cheney have a bigger role in the Republican Party, 14 percent say Greene, with 41 percent not offering an opinion.

"Two Republican Congresswomen take political heat with very different outcomes. Rep. Liz Cheney's stand on impeachment costs her within the GOP but wins over some Democrats. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's vitriolic and specious rhetoric does nothing but cripple her standing as a freshman representative and costs her dearly in the House," added Malloy.

CONSPIRACY THEORIES

More than 7 in 10 Americans, 73 - 18 percent, say the belief in conspiracy theories in the United States is out of control. Democrats say 87 - 8 percent, independents say 74 - 19 percent, and Republicans say 58 - 27 percent that it's out of control.

"Fed up with fabricated stories and clearly frightened by the dark and deluded motives of conspiracy theorists, Americans overwhelmingly agree, enough is enough with the pipeline of internet garbage," added Malloy.

Americans say 86 - 11 percent that they think the words of politicians can pose a danger to Americans. An overwhelming majority hold that view across all listed demographic groups.

COVID-19

Nearly three-quarters of Americans (73 percent) say they are either very confident (26 percent) or somewhat confident (47 percent) that people in their state who want a COVID-19 vaccine will be able to get one by the end of the summer. One quarter (25 percent) say they are either not so confident (16 percent) or not confident at all (9 percent) that this will happen.

Americans say 76 - 18 percent that teachers in all states should be given priority for getting a COVID-19 vaccine. They also say 73 - 22 percent that grocery store workers in all states should be given priority for getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

A plurality of Americans, 47 percent, say the reopening of schools in their community is happening at about the right pace, while 27 percent say not quickly enough, and 18 percent say too quickly.

1,056 U.S. adults nationwide were surveyed from February 11th - 14th with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

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1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              50%    11%    91%    50%    44%    56%    65%    35%
Disapprove           38     82      2     34     43     32     29     55
DK/NA                13      7      7     16     13     12      5     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              47%    50%    50%    58%    43%    48%    46%    59%
Disapprove           32     33     42     37     50     42     46     22
DK/NA                20     16      8      5      7     10      9     18
 
 
1a. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president? COMBINED WITH: (If approve/disapprove q1) Do you strongly or somewhat approve/disapprove?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve strongly     36%     5%    77%    30%    31%    41%    50%    25%
Approve smwht        13      5     12     20     12     14     14      9
Disapprove smwht      4      5      -      4      4      5      5      6
Disapprove strongly  33     75      2     30     39     27     24     48
DK/NA                14      9      8     16     14     13      7     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve strongly     22%    38%    42%    51%    31%    37%    34%    42%
Approve smwht        25     12      7      6     11     11     11     17
Disapprove smwht      6      6      4      2      6      6      6      2
Disapprove strongly  27     27     38     34     44     35     39     20
DK/NA                21     18      9      7      9     11     10     19
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling - the response to the coronavirus?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              58%    17%    95%    61%    51%    64%    71%    42%
Disapprove           32     71      2     27     38     27     22     48
DK/NA                10     11      3     12     11      9      7     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              55%    58%    60%    64%    47%    56%    52%    70%
Disapprove           33     27     34     30     43     35     39     20
DK/NA                12     16      6      6     10      9      9     10
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Approve              69%    53%    53%    61%    66%    60%    45%
Disapprove           26     38     35     28     23     33     45
DK/NA                 5      9     12     11     12      7      9
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling - the economy?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              48%     9%    86%    49%    41%    54%    61%    33%
Disapprove           39     82      3     34     46     32     30     55
DK/NA                14     10     11     17     13     14      8     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              48%    47%    45%    57%    38%    48%    43%    59%
Disapprove           35     37     41     36     53     40     46     24
DK/NA                17     16     14      7      9     12     11     17
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Biden administration is handling the reopening of schools?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              42%    18%    67%    44%    38%    47%    51%    35%
Disapprove           38     70     15     35     42     34     28     47
DK/NA                20     13     18     21     20     19     21     17
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              38%    44%    46%    48%    37%    44%    41%    47%
Disapprove           40     38     37     35     43     38     40     32
DK/NA                23     18     17     17     20     18     19     20
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Approve              48%    44%    37%    45%    48%    42%    38%
Disapprove           34     37     44     31     33     34     47
DK/NA                18     19     19     23     19     24     15
 
                     HAVE KIDS <18 YRS
                            InPublic
                     Yes    School
 
Approve              43%    41%
Disapprove           37     41
DK/NA                20     18
 
 
5. In general, do you think the pace of reopening of schools in your community is happening too quickly, not quickly enough, or at about the right pace?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Too quickly          18%     9%    24%    15%    16%    19%    14%    14%
Not quickly enough   27     47      7     26     30     24     27     30
About right pace     47     33     63     49     44     50     47     45
DK/NA                 8     11      6      9     10      7     12     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Too quickly          25%    17%    14%    15%    13%    15%    14%    24%
Not quickly enough   21     25     32     25     32     26     29     22
About right pace     44     51     48     50     43     49     46     50
DK/NA                10      7      6     10     12     10     11      4
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Too quickly          18%    14%    21%    16%    25%    13%    12%
Not quickly enough   29     26     23     32     23     30     27
About right pace     44     50     51     41     44     51     49
DK/NA                 9     10      6     11      8      6     12
 
                     HAVE KIDS <18 YRS
                            InPublic
                     Yes    School
 
Too quickly          16%    19%
Not quickly enough   26     27
About right pace     52     52
DK/NA                 7      3
 
 
6. Do you think that - teachers in all states should be given priority for getting a COVID-19 vaccine, or don't you think so?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Given priority   76%    58%    93%    78%    75%    77%    83%    69%
No                   18     32      5     17     18     17     14     24
DK/NA                 6     10      2      5      7      5      3      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Given priority   75%    80%    76%    77%    74%    75%    74%    82%
No                   21     15     18     18     20     20     20     13
DK/NA                 4      5      6      5      6      5      6      5
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Yes/Given priority   84%    74%    74%    76%    79%    79%    72%
No                   12     17     20     21     17     16     20
DK/NA                 4      9      7      4      4      6      8
 
                     HAVE KIDS <18 YRS
                            InPublic
                     Yes    School
 
Yes/Given priority   79%    76%
No                   14     18
DK/NA                 6      6
 
 
7. Do you think that - grocery store workers in all states should be given priority for getting a COVID-19 vaccine, or don't you think so?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Given priority   73%    58%    88%    75%    71%    75%    77%    65%
No                   22     35      9     21     24     21     19     28
DK/NA                 5      7      3      4      6      4      3      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Given priority   73%    75%    71%    75%    67%    71%    69%    81%
No                   23     21     23     22     27     24     25     16
DK/NA                 5      4      6      3      6      4      5      3
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Yes/Given priority   79%    68%    71%    75%    77%    72%    71%
No                   17     24     23     23     19     23     23
DK/NA                 3      8      6      2      4      5      6
 
 
8. How confident are you that people in your state who want to get a COVID-19 vaccine will be able to do so by the end of the summer: very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident, or not confident at all?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very confident       26%    18%    31%    27%    25%    26%    33%    23%
Somewhat confident   47     45     53     47     43     51     47     48
Not so confident     16     22     11     16     19     13     11     16
Not confident at all  9     11      6      8     10      7      8      8
DK/NA                 3      3      1      2      3      3      2      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very confident       13%    24%    36%    32%    26%    27%    27%    22%
Somewhat confident   56     48     40     47     45     50     48     49
Not so confident     18     21     14     11     17     11     14     18
Not confident at all 11      7      6      7      9      7      8      9
DK/NA                 2      -      5      3      3      5      4      1
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Very confident       24%    27%    25%    26%    25%    30%    22%
Somewhat confident   52     44     47     47     47     46     50
Not so confident     16     14     16     16     19     13     14
Not confident at all  6     12      8      8      8      8     10
DK/NA                 1      4      3      3      1      3      4
 
 
9. Compared to a year ago, is your opinion of the - Republican Party more favorable, less favorable, or about the same?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More favorable       11%    32%     1%     6%    14%     8%     5%    14%
Less favorable       50     24     77     48     44     55     64     43
About the same       37     43     21     43     40     34     31     40
DK/NA                 2      -      1      3      2      3      -      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
More favorable       16%     7%    11%    10%    13%     9%    11%    11%
Less favorable       39     50     55     56     48     54     51     48
About the same       44     41     32     32     39     35     37     37
DK/NA                 1      3      2      2      1      2      1      4
 
 
10. Compared to a year ago, is your opinion of the - Democratic Party more favorable, less favorable, or about the same?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More favorable       17%     2%    43%    10%    14%    20%    20%    11%
Less favorable       35     74      3     34     42     28     28     47
About the same       46     23     53     53     43     49     52     40
DK/NA                 2      -      -      3      1      4      -      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
More favorable        8%    15%    19%    29%    13%    16%    15%    22%
Less favorable       37     29     38     31     44     36     40     23
About the same       53     54     40     38     42     46     44     51
DK/NA                 1      3      2      1      1      2      1      4
 
 
21. Is your opinion of Liz Cheney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            27%     7%    46%    28%    25%    28%    46%    18%
Unfavorable          19     36      9     18     20     19     21     25
Hvn't hrd enough     51     55     43     50     52     50     31     55
REFUSED               3      3      2      5      3      3      3      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Favorable             9%    30%    34%    38%    25%    30%    28%    25%
Unfavorable          10     15     26     27     25     22     23     12
Hvn't hrd enough     79     52     38     33     46     47     46     60
REFUSED               2      3      3      2      3      2      3      3
 
 
22. Is your opinion of Marjorie Taylor Greene favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable             9%    17%     4%     8%    10%     7%     9%    12%
Unfavorable          38     20     61     36     35     40     60     26
Hvn't hrd enough     52     62     34     54     53     52     31     61
REFUSED               1      1      -      1      1      1      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Favorable             3%     7%    12%    12%    12%    10%    11%     6%
Unfavorable          28     39     42     50     38     40     39     38
Hvn't hrd enough     68     54     46     38     49     50     50     56
REFUSED               1      -      -      -      1      -      1      -
 
 
23. Whose views do you think are more representative of the Republican Party today: Liz Cheney or Marjorie Taylor Greene?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Cheney               25%    18%    30%    29%    28%    23%    30%    24%
Greene               28     23     39     26     28     27     40     24
DK/NA                47     59     31     45     44     49     29     51
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Cheney               24%    28%    24%    29%    30%    23%    27%    25%
Greene               17     27     36     33     28     32     30     24
DK/NA                58     45     39     37     41     45     43     51
 
 
24. Looking ahead, who would you like to see have a bigger role in the Republican Party: Liz Cheney or Marjorie Taylor Greene?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Cheney               45%    22%    68%    46%    45%    45%    63%    35%
Greene               14     25      7     14     15     13     11     18
DK/NA                41     53     25     40     40     42     27     46
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Cheney               38%    51%    47%    50%    45%    45%    45%    47%
Greene                6     13     20     19     17     15     16     12
DK/NA                56     37     33     31     38     40     39     41
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the U.S. House of Representatives voting to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              44%    17%    75%    44%    40%    48%    63%    32%
Disapprove           30     54      8     33     35     26     26     41
DK/NA                25     30     17     23     25     26     11     27
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              32%    48%    48%    56%    40%    46%    43%    48%
Disapprove           25     28     38     30     39     33     36     21
DK/NA                43     25     14     14     21     21     21     31
 
 
26. Is the belief in conspiracy theories in the United States under control or out of control at this time?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Under control        18%    27%     8%    19%    24%    13%    12%    20%
Out of control       73     58     87     74     68     77     80     70
DK/NA                 9     15      5      7      9     10      8     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Under control        22%    20%    17%    15%    21%    13%    17%    20%
Out of control       72     72     76     73     68     79     74     72
DK/NA                 7      8      7     12     11      8      9      9
 
 
27. Do you think the words of politicians can pose a danger to Americans, or don't you think so?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Can pose danger  86%    84%    93%    84%    86%    85%    92%    84%
No                   11     14      6     10     11     11      5     14
DK/NA                 4      2      1      6      3      5      3      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Can pose danger  90%    81%    87%    84%    87%    86%    87%    84%
No                    7     13     10     13     11     11     11     11
DK/NA                 2      6      3      3      2      3      2      5