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Most Americans: US in Right Direction as Biden Takes Action in 1st 100-Days

As president Joe Biden has sprinted through his first 100 days, taking action after action, two-thirds of Americans say the US is headed in the right direction; plus, more of today’s top stories in Democratic politics.

Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Say the US Is Headed in the Right Direction Under Biden

A poll taken as president Joe Biden completed his first 100 days in office found that nearly two-thirds, (64%) of Americans, feel the country is heading in the right direction and are more optimistic about the coming year, according to the latest ABC/Ipsos poll.

The last time a similar poll conducted by ABC/Washington Post found the same level of optimism among the American public was in 2006 when 61% felt the country was headed in the right direction. During Trump’s presidency, only 42% of Americans were optimistic compared to 52% who are pessimistic.

The poll also found that only 52% of Americans think the federal government should increase taxes to revitalize the country, a move supported by 80% of Democrats and 54% of independents. Oppositely, 47% of Americans say taxes should remain at the same level, supported by 78% of Republicans.

Action Over Talk in First 100 Days: Biden Has 59 Percent Approval Rating

During his first 100 days in office, 78-year-old President Joe Biden, the oldest person ever elected, has accomplished a bevy of actions. Among Biden’s accomplishments after 100 days: a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package, sending $1400 checks to most Americans, a big reduction in child poverty, moves on infrastructure and climate change, and much more, 9News reports.

According to an April Pew Research poll, Biden has a 59% approval rating, which is far better than President Donald Trump’s 39% rating after his first 100 days in office in April of 2017.

Biden Quadruples Allowance on Refugees to 62,500 for This Fiscal Year

In February, President Joe Biden said he wanted to place a cap on the number of refugees allowed into the United States for the fiscal year to 62,500. However, in February he backtracked and decided to leave a Trump-era cap of 15,000, the lowest in US history, in place, NPR reported. That led to fierce blowback and criticism from Democratic allies, as well as refugee resettlement agencies across the US.

On Monday, Biden changed his position and promised to increase the limit to 62,500 within the coming weeks. The fiscal year runs until the end of September.

Joe and Jill Biden Release Photos Taken with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

Last week, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill went to Georgia where they had a closed-door visit with former president Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalyn at their home in Plains. Joe and Jimmy have been friends for 45 years. The photos were released today, posted on Twitter by the Carter Center.

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Ellis Logan