According to a Fox News national poll released on Sunday, six out of ten voters would vote for someone other than President Biden if the 2024 presidential election were held today. That makes his reelection chances worse than those of his most recent predecessors, Donald Trump and Barack Obama.
At the end of Biden’s first year in office, economic anxiety is higher than a year ago, and many people believe the pandemic is far from over. His job rating in both of these areas has dropped in recent months, and more than half of voters disapprove of Biden’s overall performance.
Since October, the president’s job approval rating has been negative, and it remains so: 47 percent approve and 52 percent disapprove.
At the 100-day mark in April, 54 percent approved of Biden. Since then, the 7-point drop has been almost entirely attributed to a drop among Democrats (from 95 percent in April to 85 percent today).
Over the same time period, approval among Republicans and independents has shifted by only a point or two.
Biden’s approval rating peaked at 56% in June and fell as low as 44%. (November).
Biden’s current job approval ratings are nearly identical to those of former President Donald Trump at this point in his presidency, with 45 percent approving and 53 percent disapproving in January 2018.
Vice President Kamala Harris’ approval rating is slightly lower than Biden’s: 43% approve, 54% disapprove. 78 percent of Democrats and 11 percent of Republicans agree.
On top issues, Biden’s approval rating is also low. A new high of 52% disapprove of his handling of the pandemic, up from 34% in early 2021. Even more, people oppose foreign policy (54 percent), the economy (58 percent), and border security (59 percent ).
73 percent of voters say the economy is only fair or poor, up from 66 percent in December.
Even more, 85 percent, are concerned about inflation, and this concern is shared by Democrats and Republicans alike: 81 percent of Democrats and 91 percent of Republicans are concerned.
Voters are divided on what is causing inflation. More people blame government policies than the pandemic, according to a 48-42 percent split. Democrats (66%) blame the pandemic, while Republicans (73%) blame federal policies.
Republicans (80 percent) are also more likely than Democrats (56 percent) to believe inflation will continue for at least another year. More than two-thirds of the population agree with (69 percent ).
The percentage of people who believe the pandemic is “not at all” under control has risen 13 points since last month, from 28 to 41 percent. Almost three-quarters (72%) are still concerned about coronavirus.
Approximately two-thirds believe vaccines and masks are effective in combating COVID-19, while slightly more than half believe the same about frequent testing and vaccine mandates.
Democrats are at least twice as likely as Republicans to believe that masks, mandates, and vaccines are effective. Vaccines have the narrowest gap: 86 percent of Democrats believe they are effective, compared to 51 percent of Republicans.
Just over half of voters believe the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is doing a good job, but they give the CDC a pass on one issue: they attribute the agency’s changing pandemic advice to learning new information rather than a failure to communicate clearly.
Voting to reelect Biden in 2024
More voters say they would vote for someone else over Biden in 2024 than they did for former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump combined.
While 36 percent would vote to re-elect Biden, 60 percent would not. Obama’s highest “someone else” percentage was 54 percent in September 2010, while Trump’s was 56 percent. (January 2018).
Furthermore, while 21 percent say they would “definitely” vote for Biden again, 44 percent say they would “definitely” vote for someone else. During Trump’s presidency, 48 percent of those polled said they would definitely vote for someone else (January 2018).
Seventy-two percent of Democrats say Biden should be re-elected, with 48 percent saying “absolutely.” Similarly, 74 percent of those who approve of Biden’s performance say they would vote for him again (45 percent definitely).