Joe Biden Administration Approval Ratings and Hypothetical Voting Intention (20 March 2022)

March 24, 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 45% of Americans disapprove (-2) and 39% approve (+2) of President Joe Biden’s overall job performance as President. His net approval rating, at -6%, is four points higher than in polling conducted on 8 March.

Vice President Kamala Harris’ net approval rating has also slightly improved compared to two weeks ago, increasing three points to -6% this week. In our latest poll, 43% disapprove (no change) and 37% approve (up 3%) 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 (+12%), the environment (+5%), and education (+2%). 

Americans give the Administration slightly negative net approval ratings for its performance on housing (-1%) and national security and defense (-2%), as well as more negative ratings when it comes to crime/policing (-5%), the economy (-6%), relations with Russia (-8%), and immigration (-10%).

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, 60% select the economy, 36% select healthcare, and 26% select the coronavirus pandemic as determinative election issues. The proportion of respondents who choose foreign policy and defense has increased from 11% four weeks ago to 20% in our latest poll.

The economy is the most-selected option for both 2020 Joe Biden (58%) and Donald Trump (68%) voters. Other important election issues for Biden voters include healthcare (47%) and the pandemic (36%), while 38% of Trump voters select immigration and 28% select Government spending.

With regard to the 2024 Presidential Election, our latest hypothetical voting intention finds Donald Trump and Joe Biden tied. After weighting by likelihood to vote, 41% of respondents say they would vote for Trump (down 1%) and 41% say they would vote for Biden (up 1%) if they were the candidates in 2024. A further 12% say they don’t know how they would vote (no change).

Large majorities of 2020 Donald Trump voters (85%, down 4%) and Joe Biden voters (79%, down 1%) maintain that they would again vote for those respective candidates.

An alternative 2024 Kamala Harris campaign produces a lead for the Republican candidate. If Donald Trump and Kamala Harris were the 2024 nominees, 42% of Americans say they would vote for Trump (no change) and 39% say they would vote for Harris (up 2%). In this scenario, 13% say they don’t know how they would vote (no change).

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