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Two-thirds of Americans approve of President Joe Biden's handling of the coronavirus response, while smaller majorities approve of his overall job performance and his handling of the economy and foreign affairs.
Joe Biden's initial job approval rating is 57%, slightly below the 60% historical average for elected presidents since World War II.
Donald Trump left the presidency with an 11% satisfaction rating, although his overall term average was higher than any since George W. Bush's first term.
Americans are much more likely to predict Donald Trump will go down in history as a poor president than as an outstanding or above average one.
Two-thirds of Americans approve of Joe Biden's presidential transition, and 39% rate his Cabinet appointments as "outstanding" or "above average."
President Donald Trump's last job approval rating is a personal low 34%. He averaged 41% job approval in office, a record low by four points.
Donald Trump edges out Barack Obama as most admired man, while Michelle Obama places ahead of Kamala Harris as most admired woman.
The public's mood has soured since November as President Trump's job approval rating has fallen four points to 39%. However, Joe Biden's transition approval is 65%.
Both the American public and President-elect Joe Biden favor government action on the nation's pressing infrastructure problems.
Biden-Harris proposals to address the economy are generally in sync with American public opinion.
Joe Biden is viewed favorably by 55% and President Donald Trump by 42% of Americans.
President Trump's job approval rating dipped to 43% in the first reading after the election. U.S. satisfaction is also down, driven by a sharp drop among Republicans.
Two defeated incumbent presidents -- Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush -- saw significant increases in job approval during their lame-duck period. Jimmy Carter's ratings declined after he was defeated.
Decisions on the appropriate role of government in Americans' lives will remain a top challenge for the next president.
As the presidential campaign draws to a close, 69% of U.S. registered voters say they are more enthusiastic about voting than in prior years, and 77% think the stakes are higher.
Americans' satisfaction with the way things are going has doubled since September but remains low at 28%. Almost all of the increase has occurred among Republicans.
Donald Trump's approval rating has dropped significantly this year among some key demographic groups of Americans who helped him defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016.