Poll Shows Americans Happy With Biden, Wary of Covid Vaccine


Most Americans approve of the job President Joe Biden is doing, particularly on dealing with the coronavirus, but still one in five are firm in their refusal to get a vaccine, according to a new poll.

A Monmouth University poll released Wednesday showed Biden’s overall approval rating has risen to 54% from 51% a month ago, with 62% of those polled saying he is doing a good job tackling the virus.

But 21% of Americans state they will never receive a vaccine to prevent infection if they can avoid it, nearly the same number when polled in January and March.

The poll has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points and was conducted from April 8 to 12, before Tuesday’s news that the U.S. would pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine after six women developed severe blood clots in the days following their shots.

Patrick Murray, the polling institute director, said “the recent news about J&J vaccines is probably not going to help the situation.”

Nearly half, 46%, of Americans say the country is heading in the right direction. The number is an eight-year high in Monmouth’s polls. During the prior two administrations the number of Americans who were pleased with the direction of the nation was between 18% and 40%. Still, 50% believe it is on the wrong track.

“It may be less than a majority, but the number of people who feel positive about the nation’s trajectory is easily at its highest point in a long time,” Murray said.

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