Despite calls for unity, Biden has continued to distance himself from the GOP during his first six months in office. He has repeatedly accused Republicans of creating a new “Jim Crow” era for passing voter integrity laws. Most recently, Biden said during a press conference in Philadelphia that January 6 rioters are worse than slave-owning Confederates in the Civil War because they breached the U.S. Capitol.
According to an ABC News/Ipsos poll released in May, 28 percent of Americans said the country is “more divided” under Biden compared to 23 percent of Americans who said the country is “more united” under his leadership.
Views on the polarization of the country during Biden’s early tenure fall along party lines, with 95 percent of Democrats saying the country is either more united (45 percent) or the same (50 percent), and 97 percent of Republicans saying the nation is more divided (65 percent) or the same (32 percent).
Nearly half of the country — 48 percent — did not see movement on the question of unity since Biden took office, saying the country is not more united or divided.