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

May 20, 2022
R&WS Research Team
Approval Rating | Joe Biden | Kamala Harris | US Elections | US Politics | US Public Figures

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

Vice President Kamala Harris’ net approval rating stands at -8%. In our latest poll, 45% disapprove (+2) and 37% approve (+1) 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 (+14%), education (+3%), and housing (+1%).

Americans give the Administration negative net approval ratings for its performance on healthcare (-1%), the environment (-1%), national security and defense (-5%), relations with Russia (-8%), immigration (-8%), crime/policing (-9%), the economy (-10%), and relations with China (-11%).

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, 59% select the economy, 36% select healthcare, and 32% select immigration pandemic as determinative election issues. 

This poll is the first poll we have conducted since the leak of a Supreme Court opinion that would, if it were to become the actual ruling of the Court, overrule Roe v. Wade. Previously, 20% of respondents to our polling cited abortion as one of the top three determinative issues. Now, 38% of Biden voters (+15) and 25% of Trump voters (+6) select abortion as one of their top issues.

The economy is the most-selected option for both 2020 Joe Biden (57%) and Donald Trump (67%) voters. Other important election issues for Biden voters include healthcare (46%) and the environment (28%), while 39% of Trump voters select immigration and 29% select Government spending.

Regarding the 2024 Presidential Election, our latest hypothetical voting intention finds Donald Trump leading Joe Biden by 3%. After weighting by likelihood to vote, 42% of respondents say they would vote for Trump (-2) and 39% say they would vote for Biden (-1) if they were the candidates in 2024. A further 11% say they don’t know how they would vote (+2).

Large majorities of 2020 Donald Trump voters (86%, -2) and Joe Biden voters (80%, -5) maintain that they would again vote for those respective candidates.

An alternative 2024 Kamala Harris campaign produces an even greater for the Republican candidate. If Donald Trump and Kamala Harris were the 2024 nominees, 44% of Americans say they would vote for Trump (+1) and 37% say they would vote for Harris (-2). In this scenario, 12% say they don’t know how they would vote (+2).

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