A Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Monday, September 25th, indicates that President Joe Biden is grappling with decreasing public approval, mainly due to his handling of the economy and immigration.
There are also increasing apprehensions among voters about Biden’s age as he considers a second term.
The poll shows Biden lagging behind Donald Trump by 10 points, though this contradicts other polls suggesting a neck-and-neck competition.
The survey indicated that if the elections were held today, Trump would lead Biden by 52% to 42%.
In pursuing the Republican presidential nomination for a third time, Trump’s position remains solid at the national level, even as he faces multiple criminal charges, including 91 felony counts spanning four jurisdictions.
The poll indicates that 53% of Americans believe Trump is being treated fairly under the law, while 40% feel he is victimized by his political adversaries.
Regarding Biden’s impeachment initiated by House Republicans, 58% of respondents feel Biden is being treated justly, while 32% feel he’s being unfairly targeted.
There’s a split when it comes to initiating impeachment proceedings against Biden, with 70% of Republican leaners supporting it and 80% of Democrats opposing it.
Biden’s current approval stands at 37%, a drop from February’s 42%. Approximately 60% of Democrats and those leaning Democratic expressed a preference for a different nominee.
The poll indicates a 56% disapproval rate of his tenure, consistent with findings from other recent polls. Despite his initiatives, termed “Bidenomics,” which emphasize economic achievements like low unemployment and climate change investments, the poll noted only 30% approval for his economic management, marking the lowest during his presidency.
On immigration, the Biden administration’s shifting policies in response to border crises have seen a drop in approval. Only 23% approve of his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border situation, down from 28% in February.
Abortion remains a hot-button issue. The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization has garnered 64% opposition.
Biden’s recent commitments to Ukraine have evoked varied responses. As per the poll, 41% believe the U.S. is overly assisting Ukraine, up from 33% in February 2022.
This divide over aid to Ukraine is causing friction among House Republicans, amplifying the risk of a potential government shutdown.
Questions regarding the age of both Biden and Trump have emerged, with a significant portion believing both are too old for another presidential term.
Around 74% of responders feel Biden would be too old for another term, while 50% hold the same view of Trump.
The poll also touched upon the constitutional implications of Trump’s involvement in the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack.
Americans appear divided: 44% believe he should be barred from future office, while 50% oppose such a restriction.