Joe Biden Administration Approval Ratings and Hypothetical Voting Intention (23 February 2022)

February 24, 2022
R&WS Research Team

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The latest research by Redfield & Wilton Strategies finds that 41% of Americans disapprove and 39% approve of President Joe Biden’s overall job performance as President. His net approval rating, at -2%, is eight points higher than in our polling on 6 February, when 48% disapproved and 38% approved of Biden’s performance. 

Vice President Kamala Harris’ net approval rating has improved slightly compared to two weeks ago, increasing two points to -5% this week. In our latest poll, 42% disapprove (down 1%) and 37% approve (up 1%) of Kamala Harris’ performance as Vice President.

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, 53% select the economy, 35% select healthcare, and 34% select the coronavirus pandemic as determinative election issues.

The economy is the most-selected option for both 2020 Joe Biden (52%) and Donald Trump (58%) voters. Other important election issues for Biden voters include the pandemic (46%) and healthcare (45%), while Trump voters are more likely to select immigration (36%) and Government spending (32%).

With regard to the 2024 Presidential Election, our latest hypothetical voting intention finds Joe Biden has regained his lead over Donald Trump. After weighting by likelihood to vote, 42% of respondents say they would vote for Biden (up 1%) and 38% say they would vote for Trump (down 3%) if they were the candidates in 2024. A further 13% say they don’t know how they would vote (up 2%).

Large majorities of 2020 Donald Trump voters (84%, down 3%) and Joe Biden voters (80%, down 2%) maintain that they would again vote for those respective candidates.

An alternative 2024 Kamala Harris campaign also produces a four-point lead for the Democratic candidate. If Donald Trump and Kamala Harris were the 2024 nominees, 41% of Americans say they would vote for Harris (up 1%) and 37% say they would vote for Trump (down 6%). In this scenario, 13% also say they don’t know how they would vote (up 3%).

To find out more information about this research contact our research team. Redfield & Wilton Strategies is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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