Poll shows mixed bag for Biden’s job approval

According to the latest Marquette Law School poll measuring opinions on the Afghanistan situation, and the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Joe Biden’s overall job approval has suffered, with 48% saying they approve of how he is handling his job and 52% saying they disapprove. Comparatively, in the July Marquette Law School national survey, 58% approved and 42% disapproved. As the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have sharply increased since early July, Biden’s handling of the pandemic remains a strong point for him. Among respondents, 56% approve of his handling of the response, while 43% disapprove. A majority of independents approve of Biden’s handling of the coronavirus response and Democratic approval is over 90%. However, Republicans are sharply disapproving at 81%.

A majority of respondents, 69%, support requiring teachers and students to wear masks in public schools, with 30% opposed to such mask mandates. Republican parents of children under 18 are the most opposed to a policy of masks in schools, with less than 30% in favor. In all groups, nonparents are more supportive of masks than are others of the same party who have children in the household.

Requiring students at public universities to be vaccinated is supported by 64% of respondents and opposed by 36%. While over 60% of Republicans oppose this requirement, over 60% of independents support it. Nearly nine in 10 Democrats favor requiring college students to be vaccinated.