Written by CNN Staff Writer
(CNN) — If you are worried about how you will afford your home heating bill this winter, you’re not alone.
A HuffPost/YouGov poll released Tuesday found that nearly three out of five Americans “hope their heating bill for this winter is less than last winter’s.” Twenty-nine percent hoped it would go up and 19% said they didn’t expect their bill to change much at all.
When asked what he would do to help defray the cost of his household’s heating bill, former Vice President Joe Biden made an easy suggestion: Nearly half of those surveyed said they would like him to help them with their heating bills through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The single most popular idea came from middle-aged Americans (55%) who wanted him to stand up to big oil companies. Older Americans had a few more options when asked. Forty-eight percent of those between 50 and 64 wanted Biden to help them out with their energy bill, while 46% of those 65 and older would like that same help.
Joe Biden fares better with voters than Hillary Clinton, but most Americans have an unfavorable view of the Democratic former Vice President.
Nearly two in five (38%) respondents have unfavorable views of Biden, which is just two points less than his unfavorable opinion in a HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted earlier this year.
In the HuffPost/YouGov poll released Tuesday, Biden did well with Democrats, earning a +24 favorability rating. Hillary Clinton — who Biden lost to in the 2016 presidential election — received a negative +14 favorable. But the two former rivals didn’t fare well with Republicans. Only 23% of GOP voters approved of Biden, compared to 44% who viewed Clinton negatively. Just 33% of Republicans approved of Biden, compared to 67% who saw Clinton in a favorable light.