Nearly two out of every three Americans say they are optimistic about the direction the country is headed over the next year, according to a new survey taken after President Joe Biden finished his first 100 days in office.
The poll by ABC News/Ipsos found that public opinion was sharply divided along party lines with Democrats more likely to be optimistic while Republicans reported being pessimistic about the nation’s short-term future.
In the survey taken between April 30 and May 1, 64 per cent said they were optimistic about the direction of the country over the next 12 months.
Just over one-third - or 36 per cent - described themselves as pessimistic.
The survey of 513 adults also found that a majority of Americans - 52 per cent - believe that at the moment it is more important to have ‘the federal government spend money to help the economy, even if it increases taxes.’Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Slightly less than half of those surveyed - 47 per cent - believe that tax rates should stay the same, ‘even if it means not spending money to help the economy.'
President Joe Biden is seen above in Duluth, Georgia on Thursday. An ABC News/Ipsos poll finds that some two-thirds of Americans are optimistic that the country is headed in the right direction over the next 12 months
In the survey taken between April 30 and May 1, 64 per cent said they were optimistic about the direction of the country over the next 12 months. Just over one-thirds - or 36 per cent - described themselves as pessimistic
Opinion on taxes also depends on party affiliation. Nearly four in five Republicans - 78 per cent - want to keep taxes at the same rate while 80 per cent of Democrats think it’s more important for the government to spend money.
Among whites, there is a virtual even split, while a majority of Americans who identify as non-white say federal spending is needed to help the economy.
In March, Biden signed into law a COVID-19 relief package totaling $1.9trillion. It included stimulus checks, unemployment assistance, aid to local governments and states, nutrition assistance, and tax credits.
Biden and the Democrats are now proposing a massive infrastructure spending bill that could cost upwards of $2.3trillion.
The ABC News/Ipsos poll also shows that Biden is perceived among a majority of Americans as willing to compromise with Republicans while the GOP is viewed as not doing enough to meet the president halfway.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
According to the poll, 51 per cent of Americans said Biden is doing ‘the right amount’ to compromise with the opposition party. Nearly two in five - 39 per cent - say the president is doing too little to reach across the aisle.
When asked about Republican willingness to compromise with the president, 22 per cent say the GOP is doing ‘the right amount’ while two-thirds - or 67 per cent - say the party is doing ‘too little.’
Last week, polling by Reuters/Ipsos found that more than half of Americans approve of Biden, a level of support that his Republican predecessor Donald Trump never achieved and one that should help Democrats push for infrastructure spending and other big-ticket items on Biden’s agenda.
Last week, polling by Reuters/Ipsos found that more than half of Americans approve of Biden
The survey found that Biden received high marks from Democrats though he was viewed less favorably by independents. Republicans have an overwhelmingly negative view of Biden's job performance
Biden's base of support includes minority voters who make up the core of the Democratic Party coalition. White voters appear to be evenly split on Biden's job performance, according to polling
The national opinion poll of 4,423 adults from April 12-16 found that 55 per cent approved of Biden’s performance in office, while 40 per cent disapproved and the rest were not sure.
Biden received the highest marks for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with 65 per cent supporting his response.
In January, 38 per cent approved of Trump’s handling of the health crisis.
Ninety-percent of Democrats, 61 per cent of independents and 39 per cent of Republicans said they approved of Biden’s response, the poll showed.
Fifty-two percent of Americans also said they liked Biden’s handling of the economy and 53 per cent said the same about his impact on US jobs, which in both