Phil Roeder from Des Moines, IA, USA via Wikimedia Commons

In his inaugural address, President Joe Biden used the word “unity” 11 times to highlight his commitment to bringing the American people together. According to one new poll, it didn’t have much of an effect. His call for a new togetherness to fight what he called “common foes” including resentment, disease, hopelessness, anger, and lawlessness appears to have fallen on deaf ears. 

Whatever Biden may have said, most voters, a Rasmussen Reports telephone and online survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters “think the country has become more divided since Election Day.”

According to the poll, fewer than 1 out of every 5 are “very confident” Mr. Biden will be able to bring Americans together. A majority of those answering the survey – 56 percent – said divisions have increased since the November 2020 election while just 16 percent said they thought the country was “more united.”

Personally, Mr. Biden is doing better than his calls for national healing. His job approval, based on the averaging of six different national polls, stood at 56 percent – not exactly at traditional “Honeymoon” levels but higher than his immediate predecessor was ever able to achieve. 

One way in which Mr. Biden himself may have exacerbated existing divisions has been through his aggressive use of executive orders to repeal or make changes to policies enacted during the presidency of Donald J. Trump. 

While most of his predecessors – Republicans and Democrats – used this power sparingly during their initial days in office, Mr. Biden has been on something of a tear, issuing nearly two score and counting in his first weeks on the job. One of them, which rescinds the permitting for the Keystone XL pipeline at an estimated cost of more than 10,000 union jobs, has further inflamed the blue vs. green split in the Democratic Party between industrial workers and environmental activists. 

The data indicates Mr. Biden has a tough needle to thread moving forward. The coalition that elected him is held together by very thin wire despite his having won a record-shattering 80 million-plus votes in the last election. Without Mr. Trump to keep progressives and Democrats united against a common enemy, the new president’s need to satisfy the demands of the people who put him in office will repeatedly come into conflict over the remainder of his term. 

The Rasmussen Reports survey was conducted after Biden’s inauguration on January 25-26, 2021. The data has a reported sampling error of +/- 3 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. 

 


Peter Roff is affiliated with several Washington, D.C. public policy organizations and is a former U.S. News and World Report contributing editor who appears regularly as a commentator on the One America News network. He can be reached by email at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @PeterRoff.

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Dan Winright
Dan Winright
8 months ago

Rasmussen report is premature ejaculation.
Biden is hashtagging his chones.

Billy Bob Clinton
Billy Bob Clinton
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan Winright

Biden has shit for brains.

Bee
Bee
8 months ago

Agree

MJAC
MJAC
8 months ago

A must read; no unity until the crimes documented therein are prosecuted:
https://theamericanreport.org/2019/11/10/the-hammer-is-the-key-to-the-coup/

esgreza
esgreza
8 months ago

Hahahahah!

Lori
Lori
8 months ago

and no moral character!

Billy Bob Clinton
Billy Bob Clinton
8 months ago

Joey Bidumbass started his presidency by signing executive orders that terminated thousands of jobs and stopped the building of the wall. He should be impeached.

Gerald Aultman
Gerald Aultman
8 months ago

Yes!

Rick Schaeffer
Rick Schaeffer
8 months ago

Amen. He should have been impeached when he was Vice President over the whole burger is my thing for threatening to withhold $1 billion in aid. To help protect his son Hunter.

Barb Boone
Barb Boone
8 months ago
Reply to  Rick Schaeffer

He is a waist of time & money!! Cannot stand to see him & listen to him just cannot stand it …. We need Trump back ASAP…

Francoise
Francoise
8 months ago
Reply to  Rick Schaeffer

YESSS!

Jean
Jean
8 months ago

Usurper Joe started his regime with a phony oath of office.

Mary
Mary
8 months ago

He should be re-called.

Ed Shick
Ed Shick
8 months ago
Reply to  Mary

he should be arrested for treason and maybe a few more that are inside of Pelosi’ fence

Tony Winters
Tony Winters
8 months ago

Unity to the Democrats/Leftists/Liberals/Socialists within the Biden Socialist Regime means that everyone must agree with everything that is generated by them or you will be Canceled, Declared a Racist, a Domestic Terrorist and be silenced. Be careful, “Big Brother” is watching.

Pgb
Pgb
8 months ago
Reply to  Tony Winters

Indeed!

Pico
Pico
8 months ago
Reply to  Tony Winters

Big Brother may be watching, but there is “”ONE”” who is “”MIGHTERER”” than this little so-called big brother. HE, the Lord GOD is watching and knows all and sees all. Judgement is coming and HE will judge according to HIS righteousness. PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!!!

Patricia Davis
Patricia Davis
8 months ago
Reply to  Pico

AMEN

Lori
Lori
8 months ago
Reply to  Pico

The sooner , the better!

Phyllis Karhatsu
Phyllis Karhatsu
8 months ago
Reply to  Tony Winters

True. This is nothing but a 3rd term Obama….cutting all the good from last 4 years and putting all of Obama’s losing deals back in place! Not an original idea or cabinet, basically!!