Joe Biden Administration Approval Ratings and Hypothetical Voting Intention (28 August 2022)

September 2, 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 (+3) and 39% approve (–) of President Joe Biden’s overall job performance as President. His net approval rating (-8%) now stands at three percentage points lower than in polling conducted on 17 August.

Vice President Kamala Harris’ net approval rating stands at -11% (-3). In our latest poll, 45% disapprove (+2) and 34% approve (-1) of Kamala Harris’ performance as Vice President.

On matters of policy, the Joe Biden Administration only elicits a positive net approval rating in its performance on the coronavirus pandemic (+9%), healthcare (+3%), education (+1%), and the environment (+3%).

Americans give the Administration negative net approval ratings for its performance on national security and defense (-1%), housing (-2%), relations with Russia (-9%), crime/policing (-11%), relations with China (-12%), immigration (-14%), and the economy (-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, 54% (-7 from the previous poll) select the economy, 41% (+2) select abortion, and 32% (-1) select healthcare as determinative election issues.

Abortion has replaced the economy as the most-selected mid-term issue for Joe Biden 2020 voters (61%), while the economy still holds the top spot for Donald Trump 2020 voters (68%). Other important election issues for Biden voters include the economy (50%), healthcare (45%), and the environment (29%), while 34% of Trump voters select immigration and government spending, and 22% select abortion.

Regarding the 2024 Presidential Election, our latest hypothetical voting intention finds Donald Trump leading Joe Biden by 2%. 42% of respondents say they would vote for Trump () and 40% 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%, -1) and Joe Biden voters (79%, -1) maintain that they would again vote for those respective candidates.

An alternative 2024 Kamala Harris campaign produces a slightly greater lead of 3 points for the Republican candidate. If Donald Trump and Kamala Harris were the 2024 nominees, 43% of Americans say they would vote for Trump () and 40% say they would vote for Harris (+4). In this scenario, 12% say they don’t know how they would vote (–).

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