Marist Poll Results & Analysis: Biden Approval Rating, August 2021

Biden’s Job Approval Rating Consistent… About Two-Thirds Report Being Vaccinated from COVID-19

President Joe Biden’s job approval rating (49%) is steady and nearly identical to the score he received in early July (50%). Though, this is the first time Biden’s approval rating has inched below 50% since mid- March. As the Biden Administration and the nation face a new front in the battle against COVID-19, about two-thirds of Americans (66%) report that they have been vaccinated against the virus. Modest increases in the proportions of those vaccinated are seen among Republicans and those who say they supported former President Donald Trump in the 2020 Election.

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Source: Marist Poll National Adults. Interviews conducted July 21- July 29, 2021, n=1132 MOE +/- 3.5 percentage points.
  • Impressions of Biden’s job performance fall firmly along partisan lines. 90% of Democrats approve, and 91% of Republicans disapprove. Independents remain divided (46% approve to 47% disapprove), consistent with their views last month.

  • 19% of Americans strongly approve of the job Biden is doing while 30% strongly disapprove.

  • 66% of U.S. residents, compared with 63% in July, say they have received a vaccine for coronavirus. Eight percent intend to do so. 24% report they will not get vaccinated, down slightly from 28% previously.

  • 2020 Trump supporters (42%) and Republicans (39%) are among those most reluctant to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. However, those proportions have declined since last month when 49% of Trump supporters and 44% of Republicans did not plan to be vaccinated.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has been part of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo as well, and Americans divide about whether or not the games should have been held. 43% report they should have while 44% say they should be postponed. 12% are unsure.

“The message about the importance of the vaccine is reaching more Trump supporters and Republicans,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of the Marist Poll. “The question is whether enough people will get the vaccine before this variant or others overtake the health care system.”