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Biden's approval rating over 50% as he approaches 100 days in office

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Posted at 6:07 AM, Apr 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-26 08:07:34-04

As President Joe Biden nears his 100th day in office, new polls show his approval rating is a few points over 50% — better than his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, but worse than Presidents Obama and Bush at the 100-day mark.

In general, polls show that Biden gets good grades for his handling of the pandemic and government relief, but receives less support on border immigration issues.

Top Republicans Sunday said the president is leading from the left.

"I think he's been a very destabilizing president," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said. "And economically, he's throwing a wet blanket over the recovery, wanting to raise taxes in a large amount and regulate America basically out of business. So I'm not very impressed with the first 100 days. This is not what I thought I would get from Joe Biden."

Biden is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, though with a smaller in-person audience because of COVID-19 protocols.

"It will be a little bit different because obviously there will be a limited number of people who are in in the Capitol and a limited number that will be determined by the speaker's office in terms of who will attend and who will have to watch virtually," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

The president is expected to talk about new proposals on paid family leave, expanding healthcare coverage and free community college. He'll also discuss raising the tax on capital gains for the wealthiest Americans and his other difficult discussions from the past 100 days.

"This is a president who has an extraordinary amount of courage," Vice President Kamala Harris said. "He is someone who I have seen over and over again make decisions based on what he truly believes, based on his years of doing this work and studying these issues, what he truly believes is the right thing to do."

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