But let me offer up another simple explanation: Biden is who voters believed he would be as president.
You can also see this when you ask people about Biden’s ideology straight up.
Different polls ask about this in different ways, but I’ve converted them all into a 0 to 100 score with 0 being most conservative, 25 being somewhat conservative, 50 being moderate, 75 being somewhat liberal and 100 being most liberal. I’ve also allocated undecideds.
In the polls taken in the months leading up to the 2020 election, his ideological score averaged a 69. Americans see Biden as the same ideologically now as they did in the lead up to the election.
Biden is best described as somewhat liberal in Americans’ eyes.
When you examine a site like OnTheIssues, you come to a similar conclusion about Biden’s ideological consistency. The site looks at a range of issues and rates a politician in a given area on a very liberal to very conservative score.
In other words, Americans are right to think that Biden’s general ideology has been fairly steady over the course of the campaign.
After a year in office, Americans viewed Trump as far more conservative than they did when he entered the White House.
This matched up with what OnTheIssues found. Trump went from being one of the most moderate Republican presidents since Gerald Ford to being one of the most conservative.
Trump’s ideological transformation was likely part of the reason he was pretty much always unpopular as president and why he lost in 2020. Trump was so concentrated on satisfying his base that he forgot what got him elected in the first place.
Biden’s ideological consistency is probably part of a larger belief that Biden is doing what voters sent him to Washington to do.
When Americans see you as doing what you said you would do, it’s a recipe for political success.
Indeed, as long as Americans continue to think that Biden is who they believed him to be in 2020, there’s a good chance he’ll continue to be approved by the majority of Americans.