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Pew Research: Biden begins Presidency with positive ratings; Trump departs with lowest-ever job mark at 29% approval

This news story was published on January 16, 2021.
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Presidential-elect Joe Biden and one-term President Donald Trump, via

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Respected pollster Pew Research says President-elect Joe Biden is viewed mostly positive and outgoing-President Donald Trump is viewed mostly negative in their recent conduct.

According to Pew Research:

As Joe Biden prepares to take office just days after a deadly riot inside the U.S. Capitol, 64% of voters express a positive opinion of his conduct since he won the November election. Majorities also approve of Biden’s Cabinet selections and how he has explained his plans and policies for the future.

Donald Trump is leaving the White House with the lowest job approval of his presidency (29%) and increasingly negative ratings for his post-election conduct. The share of voters who rate Trump’s conduct since the election as only fair or poor has risen from 68% in November to 76%, with virtually all of the increase coming in his “poor” ratings (62% now, 54% then).

Trump voters, in particular, have grown more critical of their candidate’s post-election conduct. The share of his supporters who describe his conduct as poor has doubled over the past two months, from 10% to 20%.

The new survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Jan. 8-12 among 5,360 U.S. adults, including 4,040 who say they voted in the presidential election, finds that a sizable majority of Americans do not want Trump to remain a major political figure after he leaves office. About two-thirds (68%) say Trump should not continue to be a major national political figure for many years to come; just 29% say he should remain a major figure in U.S. politics.

Chart shows majority of public does not want Trump to remain a major political figure
For many, the shocking events of Jan. 6 – when some Trump supporters heeded the president’s call to march to the Capitol to protest Congress’ acceptance of Biden’s victory and then went on a violent rampage throughout the building – have seriously marred Trump’s final days as president.

Three-quarters of the public say the president bears at least some responsibility for the violence and destruction committed by some of his supporters, with 52% saying he bears a lot of responsibility for their actions. Just about a quarter (24%) say Trump has no responsibility for what took place.

The House voted Jan. 13 to impeach Trump for a second time, charging the president with “inciting violence against the government of the United States.” A narrow majority of Americans (54%) say it would be better for the country for Trump to be removed from office, with Vice President Mike Pence finishing the last few days of his term, while 45% say Trump should remain in office until his term ends Jan. 20.

Chart shows most Americans say Trump bears at least some responsibility for violence at the U.S. Capitol
As has been the case throughout Trump’s four years as president, Republicans and Democrats remain deeply divided – in this case, over Trump’s culpability in the unprecedented assault on the Capitol and whether he should be removed from office in the final days of his presidency.

Only about half of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (52%) say Trump bears any responsibility for the violence and destruction in the Capitol and 79% do not think he should be removed from office before Jan. 20. Virtually all Democrats and Democratic leaners (95%) say Trump bears at least some responsibility for the riot– and 83% favor his removal as president.

These deep divisions extend to opinions about the election result itself. Biden will be inaugurated Jan. 20 with a large segment of Trump voters viewing Trump as the winner of the election, despite scores of failed court challenges to the election brought by Trump’s lawyers and Congress’ confirmation of Biden’s Electoral College victory in the early morning hours of Jan. 7.

Among voters overall, 65% say Biden definitely or probably “received the most votes cast by eligible voters in enough states to win the election”; 54% say he definitely won the most votes. But 34% incorrectly say Trump definitely or probably was the rightful election winner.

The survey provides new insights into how Republicans and Republican leaners – a broader group than just Trump voters – view the president as he prepares to exit the White House. Democrats continue to be uniformly critical of Trump.

Republicans have mixed views of Trump’s post-election conduct and his responsibility for the violent events of Jan. 6; fewer than half (46%) say he bears no responsibility for the Capitol riot.

Chart shows after Capitol riot, Republicans have reservations about Trump, but most say incorrectly that he won the election
However, a 64% majority agrees with his contention – disproved in numerous court decisions and rejected by Congress itself – that he is the rightful winner of the election.

When the responses to four measures on Trump and his future are combined, GOP internal divisions emerge: 29% hold all four positions – that is, they endorse Trump’s post-election conduct, hold him blameless for the riot, believe he is the election’s rightful winner and want him to have a major role in politics going forward. However, nearly as many Republicans – 25% – hold none of these views. And nearly half of Republicans (46%) hold some combination of these positions, agreeing with some but not others.

Biden enters office on a positive note

Chart shows nearly six-in-ten Americans approve of how Biden has explained his policies and plans
Biden will take office Jan. 20 with relatively strong performance ratings: The new survey, conducted on Pew Research Center’s nationally representative online American Trends Panel, finds that 58% of Americans approve of the job Biden has done in explaining his plans and policies. In a January 2017 telephone survey, a smaller share (39%) approved of how Trump had explained his plans for the presidency; in an early 2009 phone survey, Barack Obama had a 70% approval rating on the same measure.

A nearly identical majority of Americans – 57% – approve of Biden’s Cabinet choices and other high-level appointments. Almost half (46%) expect Biden to improve the way the federal government in Washington, D.C., works, while 28% say he will make things worse; 24% say he will not have much of an effect.

Chart shows as Biden era begins, Democrats are more likely than Republicans to favor trying to forge compromises
With the Democratic Party winning the White House and narrow control of the Senate, while retaining a House majority, Democrats broadly endorse efforts by Biden to forge bipartisan compromises with Republicans. Republicans, by contrast, are far more reluctant to see their party’s congressional leaders work with Biden.

About six-in-ten Democrats (62%) say Biden should try to work with Republican leaders “even it means disappointing some of his voters.” Far fewer (37%) want Biden to “stand up” to Republicans even if it’s harder to address critical issues.

Among Democrats, conservatives and moderates (69%) are more likely than liberals (55%) to favor Biden working with Republicans.

A majority of Republicans (59%) want their party’s leaders to “stand up” to Biden; 38% say they should try to work with Biden even if means disappointing some GOP voters. A sizable majority of conservative Republicans (69%) favor GOP leaders standing up to Biden, compared with 44% of GOP moderates and liberals.

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28 Responses to Pew Research: Biden begins Presidency with positive ratings; Trump departs with lowest-ever job mark at 29% approval

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 18, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Fat Ass Orange Man should have a MINUS 0% RATING!

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 18, 2021 at 6:07 am

    I’m a Trump supporter, and I believe every single person that entered or vandalized the capitol should be prosecuted.

    Having said that, I also believe that tens of millions of real Americans feel that the election was dishonestly run, and We The People have not yet seen a genuine audit of the ballots. Not just a stupid, placating recount, but a real forensic examination of the mail-in ballots… Censorship (Twitter. Facebook. Google) only makes things worse…much worse. Until the ‘Powers That Be’ stop saying “SHUT UP STUPID, BIDEN WON, DON’T ASK ANY MORE QUESTIONS!” and deliver some honest answers, this issue will not go away. If you naively trust Joe Biden’s team to ‘play fair’ because of your blinding hate for Donald Trump, you’re going to be in for some painful realities. I do not advocate for any violence whatsoever, but this is not going to get better without honest answers.

    • HonestAbe Reply Report comment

      January 18, 2021 at 7:58 am


    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 18, 2021 at 10:36 am

      You yourself are very naive because you believe lies that tRump has told you, you are part of the 29% sheeple. You chose conspiracy theories instead of doing your own research and learning the truth.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 18, 2021 at 11:51 am

        Let me believe Joe when he says Hunter’s laptop is Russian disinformation? You think Tony Bobulinski, Hunter’s former associate, is lying about Hunter’s dirty involvement? Joe is up to his cataracts in high-level influence peddling, and they don’t even bother to mount a convincing denial. That’s how high their confidence level is in their system of CYA.

        Listen Trump hater, there’s a s***storm of dirt karma coming down on Joe soon, and he deserves every molecule of it.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          January 18, 2021 at 2:14 pm


          You said it not me.

          Your are very naive if you think the election wasn’t fair. They don’t have to show every American human being how things are run. Their were people WATCHING the count from every party at these places. Each state has rules on how things are done in their state. DO YOUR RESEARCH.

          If Trump hadn’t pushed that mail in ballots were a fraud. (Which is Fake News. They have been mailing in ballots since the civil war.) He may have won, but his ignorance and lies is why he LOST! Face it he is a sore loser, and a disgrace to our country.

          • NIT Publisher

            January 18, 2021 at 2:35 pm

            Every state runs their own election. They all certified the results independently. There is no need to have the federal government get involved and audit what the states already did themselves. Why would a conservative (wants no gov’t or less gov’t as his philosophy) want the fed’s to build another albatross bureaucratic agency costing billions to audit votes? Any result outside of overturning the election will just result in more conspiracy, anyway, from these people.

          • Anonymous

            January 18, 2021 at 3:55 pm

            You miss the point… over and over.

            You’ll be fine. Biden’s presidency will be so stellar, that it will ‘win over’ all the voters that think they were cheated… millions and millions of them. Don’t say they didn’t warn you.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          January 18, 2021 at 2:17 pm

          I am pretty sure Trumps children are no angels.

          They should be investigated too.

          • Anonymous

            January 18, 2021 at 3:57 pm

            Yeah right. No news hounds want to catch Trump’s children with dirty hands. Get real.

          • Anonymous

            January 18, 2021 at 9:17 pm

            They have already been “under the microscope” of the Communists, I mean Democrats, and their lap dog media trying to find something on them.

          • NIT Publisher

            January 18, 2021 at 10:19 pm

            They are being investigated and at least two of them are getting closer everyday to being charged with crimes. Ivanka, for example, for allegedly possibly oh how could it be ripping off the 2016 inaugural fund and funneling those $ into Trump businesses at ridiculous prices. Donny Jr, not sure what he’s exactly in trouble for in DC, put stick your arm in the grab bag and pull out a charge who knows he probably did it. I mean the man travels the world and murders innocent, rare animals, poses with their corpses and his arsenal of guns and his big smug smile, and does it on the taxpayers’ dime. What a gem, eh?

        • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

          January 18, 2021 at 10:23 pm

          Hunter’s laptop is so October 2020… the new conspiracy is a retread of the caravan from 2019 or so, they are coming, right now from Mexico or some other “awful” place and Trump’s 450 miles of gleaming new wall won’t be quite enough to keep them out. We’re dooooooomed!

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    I bet Joe is working real hard at repeating the oath. He will screw it up anyway.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Bye, Bye, Bye don’t let the door hit you in the behind on your way out.

    Funny. The people who supposedly believe in law and order tried to take the law into their own hands by trying to take out the people the American people voted for to represent us. Disgusting.

    We may like or not like the person who got voted in or out, but this is the American way.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2021 at 8:48 am

    HOW TO PISS OFF A LIBERAL ?! 1. Believe in GOD! 2. Love AMERICA!

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Must be the 11,000,000 illegals he will make citizens on the 21st -you know part of the people who voted for him illegaly can now vote legally for him until he reaches 100 years of age. Was this article hacked from our future rulers?

  7. Peas n Taters Reply Report comment

    January 16, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    How many nit readers got polled. Exactly, the poll was rigged.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 17, 2021 at 10:17 am

      “How many nit readers got polled.”

      The polls exclude dumb-asses like regular NIT fans.

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 16, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    hummm.. who woulda thought with 75 million disliking him at the polls

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 16, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    No surprise here.

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 16, 2021 at 11:11 am

    trump’s doing better than anyone thought yippee