Joe Biden Administration Approval Ratings and Hypothetical Voting Intention (17 August 2022)

August 19, 2022
R&WS Research Team
Approval Rating | Donald Trump | Joe Biden | Kamala Harris | US Elections | US Politics | US Public Figures

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The latest research by Redfield & Wilton Strategies finds that 44% of Americans disapprove (–3) and 39% approve (+4) of President Joe Biden’s overall job performance as President. Following the successful passage of the Inflation Reduction Act last week, his net approval rating, at (-5%) is seven percentage point higher than in polling conducted on the 29 July.

Vice President Kamala Harris’ net approval rating stands at -8% (+1). In our latest poll, 43% disapprove (+3) and 35% approve (+2) of Kamala Harris’ performance as Vice President.

On matters of policy, the Joe Biden Administration elicits positive net approval ratings for its performance on the coronavirus pandemic (+6%), Healthcare (+4) and the Environment (+2).

Americans give the Administration negative net approval ratings for its performance on education (-3%), national security and defense (-7%), housing (-13%), relations with Russia (-8%), crime/policing (-13%), relations with China (-11%), immigration (-15%), and the economy (-15%).  

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, 61% select the economy, 39% select abortion and 33% select healthcare as determinative election issues.

The economy is the most-selected mid-term issue for both Joe Biden (61%) and Donald Trump (67%) 2020 voters. Other important election issues for Biden voters include abortion (49%), healthcare (42%), and the environment (29%), while 33% of Trump voters select immigration, 31% select government spending, and 29% select abortion.

Regarding the 2024 Presidential Election, our latest hypothetical voting intention finds Donald Trump leading Joe Biden by  3%. Following the high-profile raid of Mar-A-Lago by the FBI, 42% of respondents say they would vote for Trump (–) and 39% say they would vote for Biden (+3) if they were the candidates in 2024. A further 13% say they don’t know how they would vote (–1).

Large majorities of 2020 Donald Trump voters (87%, +5) and Joe Biden voters (80%, +3) maintain that they would again vote for those respective candidates.

An alternative 2024 Kamala Harris campaign produces a slightly greater lead of 6 points for the Republican candidate. If Donald Trump and Kamala Harris were the 2024 nominees, 43% of Americans say they would vote for Trump (+1) and 36% say they would vote for Harris (-1). In this scenario, 12% say they don’t know how they would vote (–1).

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