WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is entering the next phase of his administration with the steady approval of a majority of Americans.

That's according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

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The survey shows Biden is buoyed in particular by the public’s broad backing for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden’s overall approval rating sits at 63%. When it comes to the new Democratic president’s handling of the pandemic, 71% of Americans approve. That includes about half of Republicans.

The AP-NORC poll also shows an uptick in Americans’ overall optimism about the state of the country.

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