Recent updates say that this month, U.S. President Joe Biden’s popularity reached one of the lowest points of his presidency as he prepares for the upcoming election year. Biden’s approval rating is currently at its second-lowest point, just 1 point higher than the record-low of 36% approval. Additionally, his disapproval rating rose to a record high of 58% in July 2022, only 1 point high according to 2020.
At 80, Biden is planning to run for reelection next year and does face strong challengers; former President Trump, aged 77, is the clear favorite for the GOP presidential nomination.
The respondents were divided in their support for the 2020 presidential candidates, with 45% favoring Biden and 43% supporting Trump.
Americans’ worries about immigration have reached their highest level since 2019, before President Biden took office. According to a recent three-day opinion poll, 40% of respondents approved Biden’s performance as president, slightly down from 42% the previous month.
While the economy remains the primary concern for U.S. voters, the percentage of poll respondents who identified “immigration” as the top problem rose from 8% in September to 14% in October. This is the highest level of concern about immigration since December 2019, when it was cited as the top concern by 15% of respondents. But now, A more significant percentage, 19%, identified the economy as their top concern in September.
Notably, concerns among Republicans regarding immigration have seen the most significant increase, indicating that this issue may become a focal point for the party in the upcoming 2024 presidential contest when President Biden seeks reelection.
Despite the public’s overwhelming support for military aid to Israel and Ukraine, as well as foreign humanitarian aid, President Biden’s foreign policy ratings remain low. Only 31% of the public approves of his performance in this area, while 60% disapprove.
According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, 54% of Americans believe that immigration is making life harder for native-born Americans. The survey also revealed that 73% of Republicans and 37% of Democrats share this sentiment.
The Biden administration has been hassled with a wave in migrant crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border, which reached unprecedented levels in September. This has placed a strain on both border cities and those further north. In response, the administration announced plans to add sections to the southern border wall, continuing a policy initiated during Trump’s presidency.
However, it is worth noting that one of Biden’s first actions as president was to proclaim that no more taxpayer dollars would be used to construct a border wall.
The administration adhered to Biden’s proclamation as the funds allocated for 2019 needed to be utilized. Biden’s public approval rating has consistently remained below 50% since August 2021, with this month’s rating reaching a low of 36%, similar to mid-2022.
In the most recent polls conducted in July and April, President Biden’s approval rating dropped by 2 points to 39%. Conversely, his disapproval rating rose by 2 points to 55%.
Additionally, the latest October survey revealed a 5-point drop in his support rating on the economy, reaching 32%. This is his second-lowest approval rating on the economy during his presidency, compared with the lowest being 30% in July 2022.
The rise in concern over immigration has put pressure on both border cities and those further north. The administration’s decision to continue building sections of the southern border wall has sparked controversy, especially since President Biden initially vowed not to use taxpayer dollars for its construction. These developments, along with President Biden’s consistently low approval ratings, particularly on the economy, highlight the challenges he faces in the next presidential election.