Joe Biden Administration Approval Ratings and Hypothetical Voting Intention (1 May 2022)

May 5, 2022
R&WS Research Team
Approval Rating | Donald Trump | Joe Biden | Kamala Harris | US Elections | US Politics | US Presidential Election 2024 | US Public Figures

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The latest research by Redfield & Wilton Strategies finds that 47% of Americans disapprove (–) and 39% approve (+1) of President Joe Biden’s overall job performance as President. His net approval rating, at -8%, is marginally higher than in polling conducted on 18 April.

Vice President Kamala Harris’ net approval rating stands at -7%, In our latest poll, 43% disapprove (-3) and 36% approve (–) of Kamala Harris’ performance as Vice President.

On matters of policy, the Joe Biden Administration elicits positive net approval ratings in the areas of the coronavirus pandemic (+10%), the environment (+5%), education (+5%), and healthcare (+5%).

Americans give the Administration negative net approval ratings for its performance on immigration (-8%), the economy (-7%), national security and defense (-5%), relations with China (-4%), and crime/policing (-2%).

Looking ahead to the 2022 Midterm Election, the economy remains the top issue that Americans say will determine how they will vote in the election. When asked to select up to three issues that are most likely to determine how they vote this November, 56% select the economy, 32% select healthcare, and 26% select immigration pandemic as determinative election issues. 

Abortion is cited as one of the top three determinative issues for as many as 20% of respondents to our polling, which was conducted prior to the leak of a Supreme Court opinion that would, if it were to become the actual ruling of the Court, overturn Roe v. Wade. 23% of Biden voters and 19% of Trump voters selected abortion.

The economy is the most-selected option for both 2020 Joe Biden (51%) and Donald Trump (66%) voters. Other important election issues for Biden voters include healthcare (40%) and the environment (33%), while 47% of Trump voters select immigration and 28% select Government spending.

Regarding the 2024 Presidential Election, our latest hypothetical voting intention finds Donald Trump leading Joe Biden by 4%. After weighting by likelihood to vote, 44% of respondents say they would vote for Trump (+1) and 40% say they would vote for Biden (-1) if they were the candidates in 2024. A further 9% say they don’t know how they would vote (–).

Large majorities of 2020 Donald Trump voters (88%, +3) and Joe Biden voters (85%, +1) maintain that they would again vote for those respective candidates.

An alternative 2024 Kamala Harris campaign produces an equivalent lead for the Republican candidate. If Donald Trump and Kamala Harris were the 2024 nominees, 43% of Americans say they would vote for Trump (-2) and 39% say they would vote for Harris (–). In this scenario, 10% say they don’t know how they would vote (–).

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