Joe Biden Administration Approval Ratings and Hypothetical Voting Intention (17 May 2023)

May 19, 2023
R&WS Research Team
Approval Rating | Donald Trump | Joe Biden | Kamala Harris | Ron DeSantis | US Elections | US Politics | US Presidential Election 2024 | US Public Figures

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The latest research by Redfield & Wilton Strategies finds that 45% of Americans disapprove (-3) and 40% approve (-3) of President Joe Biden’s overall job performance as President. His net approval rating (-5%) is unchanged from our previous poll conducted on 24 April.

Vice President Kamala Harris’ net approval rating stands at -8% (–). In our latest poll, 44% disapprove (-3) and 36% approve (-3) 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 (+15%), education (+8%), healthcare (+5%), and the environment (+5%).  

Americans give the Administration a neutral rating for its performance on election integrity/Democracy (0%) and negative net approval ratings for its performance on national security & defense (-1%), relations with Russia (-4%), the economy (-5%), crime/policing (-5%), housing (-6%), relations with China (-8%), and immigration (-9%).

Looking ahead to the 2024 Presidential Election, the economy is 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 in November 2024, 56% select the economy, 32% select healthcare, and 26% select abortion as determinative election issues.

The economy is the most-selected 2024 Election issue for both Donald Trump 2020 (61%) and Joe Biden 2020 (55%) voters. Other important election issues for Biden voters include the environment (35%), healthcare (32%), and abortion (30%), while 32% of Trump voters select immigration, 30% select healthcare, and 27% select government spending.

Our latest hypothetical voting intention finds Joe Biden leading Donald Trump by one point nationally. After weighing by likelihood to vote, 44% of respondents say they would vote for Biden (-1) and 43% say they would vote for Trump (-1) if they were candidates in 2024. A further 5% say they don’t know how they would vote (-1).

Large majorities of 2020 Donald Trump voters (85%, -2) and Joe Biden voters (84%, –) maintain that they would again vote for those respective candidates. 

If Ron DeSantis and Joe Biden are the candidates in 2024, 47% of voters currently say they will vote for Biden (–), while 33% (-4) say they will support DeSantis

An alternative 2024 Kamala Harris campaign produces a lead of three points for the former President. If Donald Trump and Kamala Harris are the 2024 nominees, 42% of Americans say they will vote for Trump (-3) and 39% say they will vote for Harris (–). In this scenario, 10% say they don’t know how they will vote (+3).

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