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Biden gets 62% approval in CNBC economic survey, topping first ratings of the last four presidents

President Joe Biden is on the best presidential honeymoon since at least Bill Clinton in 1993.

A special online edition of the CNBC All-America Economic Survey focusing on the Biden agenda finds his approval rating at a sky-high 62%, beating the first presidential ratings of Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. In fact, Biden’s initial rating is 18 points higher than Trump’s.

The survey of 1,000 people conducted earlier this month sees Biden with majority approval for his handling of the economy and for uniting the country. Sixty-five percent of the public approve of his actions so far when it comes to fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Unlike Trump, Biden “has made the coronavirus his most important issue in office and throughout the campaign,” said Jay Campbell, a Hart Research partner and the Democratic pollster for the survey. “And the health and economic plans he has put forward have a great deal of resonance with the public.”

Biden also benefited from taking office with vaccines approved and hopefully, the worst of the pandemic behind the nation, Campbell said.

But given the prior bitter divisions in the country, Campbell added, ” The fact that there even is a honeymoon, I think, to the degree there is, is kind of shocking.”

The survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, also found strong support for several of Biden’s key issues, including his proposed $1.9 trillion relief bill, hiking the minimum wage, expanding health coverage and battling inequality.

Focus on pandemic

It also offered a warning to Biden: When it comes to what Americans believe are the most immediate priorities, the top issues are fighting the virus, creating jobs and providing relief to businesses and individuals.

For example, 78% said ending the pandemic should be the No. 1 priority. Addressing climate change is at the top for only 29