Joe Biden checks in after about 100 days as vice president as a popular figure, but far less so than his new boss, President Barack Obama.
Overall, 57 percent of Americans in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll said they have a favorable view of Biden, the former senator from Delaware, 32 percent have an unfavorable opinion and the rest expressed no opinion.
Obama, in the Post-ABC data released yesterday, fared better, with 72 percent giving him positive marks overall; about as many, 69 percent, approved of the president's job performance over his first three months in office.
Biden draws broadly solid marks from fellow Democrats, 82 percent of whom rate him favorably, and nets out approvingly among independents, who split 53 to 34 percent in his favor. By contrast, Republicans are largely negative, with 61 percent holding negative impressions, 26 percent positive ones.
Dubbed "the sheriff" by Obama for his new role as overseer of federal spending related to the $787 billion economic stimulus package, Biden gets lower ratings from those who are "very concerned" about the deficit (worry jumped among Republicans after the inauguration) than among those who are less concerned.
Most Americans, 53 percent, remain "not so" or "not at all" confident the government has put in place adequate controls to avoid waste and fraud in the use of the recovery money.
Biden's overall favorability rating is about the same as the first Post-ABC read on his predecessor: In July 2001, 60 percent of Americans said they had a favorable view of then-No. 2 Dick Cheney. Just before he left office in January, a CNN poll put Cheney's favorability rating at 29 percent.