Sixty-eight percent of Americans approve of President Biden, who is handling the federal government’s response to the coronovirus epidemic.

But from the same survey Quinnipiac university It also shows that when it comes to the president’s operation to reopen schools in the midst of the COVID crisis, Biden’s approval ratings plummets.

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Only 42% of those polled by Quinnipiac say they approve of the job, which the Biden administration is helping schools return to in-person instruction, with 38% disapproving and one in five uncertain Not opinion.

President Joe Biden stands on stage during a break at a television town hall event on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee.  (AP Photo / Ivan Vukie)

President Joe Biden stands on stage during a break at a television town hall event on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. (AP Photo / Ivan Vukie)

Biden vowed to reopen the “majority of our schools” by the end of his first 100 days in office in December. But he is repeatedly faced with questions about how he will reach and define that goal. The White House caught fire earlier this month when Biden’s press secretary, Jane Saki, said that only one day a week of learning schools were considered open.

Biden said during a national television prime-time town hall in Wisconsin on Tuesday night that these comments were “a mistake in communication.”

On the goal of reopening his school, he emphasized that “we’ll be at the end of the first 100 days” for elementary and middle schools, but he said that due to a higher risk of COVID infection among older students, it would take . To reopen high schools.

Republicans have targeted the president and congressional Democrats for the past few weeks, highlighting the fight to reopen schools. The issue has put the Biden administration and congressional Democrats in a difficult position amid the competing interests of some teacher unions in major cities, who oppose returning to classrooms without much protection, and parents who leave their children Want to look back at schools.

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Republicans are increasingly accusing Biden, Congress Democrats, and their school union allies for school closures. For the week Biden promised that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would issue guidelines to help open schools safely. But while the much-awaited guidelines, which were released on Friday, were somewhat stricter than expected, full-in-person classes were only recommended when community transmission levels of coronaviruses were significantly lower, which some school districts Will cover

According to the new survey, 47% of Americans say reopening of schools in their community is about the right pace, with 27% saying it is not early enough, and 18% of schools reopening quickly. Have been.

The Quinnipiac survey was conducted in February 2016 by live telephone operators with 1,056 adults. The survey’s sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.