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.


      1. A must read; no unity until the crimes documented therein are prosecuted:

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

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

  2. 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.

    1. 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!!!

    2. 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!!

  3. No one is talking about ISO 14001 the environmental standard that promotes environmental strategies. I have been an auditor for the standard for 8 years and if politicians understood the standard we could make progress. Most ot the Washington DC people do not understand the standard and how it delivers environmental progress. Japan is the leader in this environmental standard. The democrats do not want this standard, because it is based on facts and destroy our environmental money rush. The standard is a world wide standard and requires facts and renewal each year. I would love to present the standard to the politicians that would be interested in improving the environment. Joe Becton

  4. Beijing Biden has done absolutely nothing to “unite” this country. Beginning your regime with denigrating those you supposedly want to unite with will definitely poison the well.

  5. The Biden Socialist Regime’s idea of Unity and that of his Democrat/Leftist/Liberal/Socialist friends is that EVERYONE Must Conform to what they want or you will be Canceled. I would need to check my History of the World book to be sure but I do believe that this is the way Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Castro, and a few others began to take the power away from the people and consolidate it within a very small group of government people who of course Knew Better as to what People really needed and then little by little took that away from them as well. Solecism Does Not Work, it Never Has Worked and it leads to the fall of the country.

  6. Biden got almost 80 million votes. They had to count the same votes many times over to get there. Nobody has respect for a cheater and liar!

  7. Over the past 4+ years, I have come understand that we no longer have a democratic party. We have a socialist party and to a socialist/communist, the ends justify the means. They are will do break any law or promise, lie whenever it suits them, cheat and steal to gain power despite socialist and communist governments not elevating people; only those in power. It is the actions of the alleged democrats who have driven a wedge between American citizens. That party is is greatest threat to America.

    1. Joe Bidon has lie to us so many time s and he is the worst president we have ever had I wish we still have Trump . The people that put Bidon in office u thought he was going to help you but look at thing that he is doings he canceled the pie line and look at all the people that has lost there jobs I and I know have he is never because he has but a wedge between OurAmerica citizen

  8. When the brain is divided and has no idea of whats going on—how can biden being told what to do, could ever unite anything with such hate for the American people who are the patriots of this country??? This loser has no clue to the love of our nation, but only destruction by those dogs who tell him what to do. He’s nothing but a puppet with his strings being pulled and when the liberal America haters are done with him, he’s toast!

  9. He will unite us all if we all believe women aren’t women and taxes help an economy grow and that the Chinese don’t mean us any harm, and that illegal aliens roaming the country as they please will somehow make the job market better. If you can believe all that well then you can believe in Joe Biden, if you don’t believe that then you will be silenced on social media, there is no room in this country now for dissenting viewpoints, just save your strength because a year from now you will need it to stand in the bread lines.

  10. Declaration of Independence states Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. time to bring back the free republic that we were meant to be

  11. “Unity” my a**! He keeps signing E.O.s that hurt America and the people. How many jobs has Creepy Dementia Beijing Joe (Jeff Dunham’s dummy Walter) destroyed? He is owned by the CCP! He is going hard left towards socialism (which has NEVER worked at ANYTIME ANYWHERE)! Who is pulling the strings of the puppet: Obama, Soros, Pelosi? He is a disgrace!! He and his family are corrupt, lying, unethical, immoral, hypocrites (I can safely say that about ALL top ranking DemocRAT politicians and election officials!).

  12. Biden has set himself up as another Castro mzke promises to the voter to get their vote then become just another dictator that governs by the rule of it’s my way and if you don’t like it I will send out my secret police and have you interned in a re-education concentration camp calling you an terrorist.

  13. Biden is getting a pass with ALL news media so it is no wonder his popularity is overrated! Trump did not receive a welcoming mat from most news media from day 1! Biden is not unifying the country- is not capable of it- just like he was incapable of drawing any huge crowds to hear him speak at any of his rallies. He already has lied about some of his campaign promises and has destroyed many American jobs with his damaging executive orders. He never thought twice about the loss of the American worker’s jobs, who with the pandemic are desperately holding onto or looking for new jobs. With the flick of his pen he undid Trump’s policies which caused jobs to go down the toilet. Letting immigrants illegally into the country is another abusive action against the American worker’s jobs which are crucial to keep, again due to the pandemic. How CRUEL and INSENSITIVE for Biden to put other people first before Americans! Additionally, he is bringing unnecessary disease to the American people who are hard at work combatting Covid 19 for over a year now, not to mention criminals that will pass into our country without any scrutiny! Biden plans to give these immigrants assistance without merit which will raise our taxes (where else will the gov’t get the money)and once again promote conflict and disunity. Yes, where is Biden’s so-called unity? There is none and the divisiveness is growing like a cancer more everyday!

  14. Isn’t it amazing that a guy with these ratings so soon after the election supposedly got more votes than any other candidate in history?

  15. I really haven’t figured out why anyone with a brain would even vote for him, our country had a good start and look at it now head down the sewer again.

  16. Pelosi, Schumer and all the rest of these traitors need to be arrested and escorted out of America. Impeach and sue all these criminals. They are incompetent and destructive for America.

  17. Not exactly the news CBS, CNN, or MSNBC is boasting!!! Probably the worst president ever, and it’s only been 2 weeks!!! Lord, help us all!

  18. If only Biden had the knowledge and strength to fight his progressive co-workers. I can’t help but think it wouldn’t be this bad if he had his faculty’s about him. And I blame his wife for not having his best interest. Trumps still the best president for the people.


  20. You don’t really need a poll to be able to see that Biden has no interest in unity. Strictly pushing his far left policies is his only priority. The welfare of Americans be damned.

  21. The whole farce of this globalist demonic NWO has been forced on us. Oh, there were some ignorant people that voted for it purely out of ignorance of what it is. The modern globalist democrats are possessed by demons. The whole purpose of this demonic activity if to take the USA out of the way, so that we cannot protect Israel. People need to start reading and studying the sacred scriptures to learn about Yahuwah and His Son Yahushua our savior. There was no letter J in any language until about 500 years ago. The whole world has been deceived by a counterfeit Christianity where man took our creators name right out of his own Word and changed the name of His Son too.

  22. Which Biden? The original who was err “Removed”??? A body double or clone or simply CGI Biden? He says a lot but has anyone actually seen him in person? Has he held Rallies or Pressers?

  23. A little early to be critical of Joe Biden. He’s only been in office for not even 4 weeks. He’s a leader and a real President. The problem is people in our country are so one sided in their thinking and refuse to see when they’ve been lied to for 4 years by an unqualified person for that office. Be fair here, its your country and give our President time to do his job. And Biden is not a 24/7 liar with blood on his hands.

  24. It is time America Wakes up ,, Biden is not smart enough to be in office , but China is using him to bring in a lot of illegals who will vote as Democrats as soon as he makes them Citizens , now he wants our guns , Fracking goes , pipe line is done , no more Coal mining , he is in the wrong country ! ,Wake up America We need a change now , 3 weeks of this man is Enough and his VP is no better

  25. Here’s my surprised look…..oh wait….cant see that!?
    Ok…well then just remember.
    Even Obummer said “Dont be surprised on how Joe can F**K thinks Up”!!!!

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