Poll: Huge majority says Biden taking U.S. in wrong direction

President Joe Biden salutes as he boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, en route to Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Official White House photo by Adam Schultz)

Joe Biden is using his presidency to take the nation the wrong direction, a huge majority of Americans believe, according to a new poll.

Rasmussen Reports notes that its newest results show that only 37% of respondents believe Biden is leading the right direction, while 57% say America is on the wrong track under the Democrat who has been in office only weeks.

For former President Donald Trump, the verdict at this point in his tenure was that 44% believed he was leading the right direction, with only 50% saying the nation was moving the wrong direction.

Biden also earned a monthly job approval of only 50% in February, with 49% disapproving of his job performance.

That also was not as good as President Trump at this point in his term, when he had a 51% approval rating and 49% disapproving.

“Key groups are also following the Trump model which throughout his presidency struggled to get much above 51% approval among all likely voters. At this stage, Trump had an 81% approval rating among Republicans. Biden, by comparison, has an 83% approval rating among Democrats,” Rasmussen reported.

“When tracking President Biden’s job approval on a daily basis, people sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day fluctuations that they miss the bigger picture. To look at the longer-term trends, Rasmussen Reports compiles the numbers on a full-month basis…

“Daily tracking results are collected via telephone and online surveys of 500 likely voters per night. The monthly numbers in this article are based on approximately 10,000 interviews each month with likely voters. The margin of sampling error is less than +/- 1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.”

Columnist Paul Bedard in his Washington Secrets column noted, “Even those with strong views are close. Biden’s strongly approve rating is 34%, his strongly disapprove 39%. For Trump it was 36% strongly approve, 40% strongly disapprove.”

He noted that gives Biden a minus-five score, while Trump’s was minus-four.

Bedard explained, “Rasmussen, sometimes under fire because Trump often cited their results while president, made a point to note that unlike most media surveys that typically favor Biden, it uses a model nearly identical to the partisan breakdown in 2020 election exit polls.

“The New York Times and CNN 2020 exit polls indicated the vote was composed of Democrats 37%, Republicans 36% and independents 27%. Rasmussen’s model of 10,000 likely voters was weighted 38% Democrats, 36% Republican and 27% independents.”

He noted, “Most media polls overweight Democrats. In the most recent Biden approval survey, done by Ipsos Reuters, for example, the president had a 57% approval rating. That poll included 45% Democrats.”

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