Polling shows Biden at record low approval ratings, trailing Trump in the 2024 matchup – LSB

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President Biden’s approval ratings are at an all-time low, and he trails former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical 2024 matchup.

Trump leads Biden by 47% to 43% in a hypothetical poll between these two candidates only, and trails by 37% to 31% in a hypothetical poll with five independent candidates, according to the results of a Wall Street Journal poll published on Saturday.

The president’s low numbers against Trump also come as voters gave low marks for Biden, including just 23% of respondents who said Biden’s policies helped them personally, compared to 53% who said they were harmed by the president’s policies.

About half of the survey participants said that Trump’s policies helped them when he was president, and only 37% said that the former president’s policies harmed them.

Democratic analysts warn of more ‘dismal’ Biden polls showing declining support in key voter groups

Image split between Trump and Biden

Former President Donald Trump, left, and President Biden. (Getty Images)

Biden’s overall job performance received approval from just 37% of survey respondents as well, a new low for the Wall Street Journal poll. Meanwhile, 61% of respondents view his public image as unfavorable, a record high in the poll.

The president also compared unfavorably to Trump when it comes to most issues, with a majority of respondents saying Trump is better suited to the economy, inflation and border security. Trump also received higher marks than Biden on crime and the ability to handle the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Meanwhile, Biden has only outperformed Trump on abortion and set a better tone on policy.

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“Americans were in better financial shape under President Trump,” Jason Miller, a senior Trump adviser, told Fox News. “And now, under crooked Joe Biden, we have runaway inflation, a porous southern border, crime on our streets, and chaos everywhere.” around the world”. Digital.

Trump at the rally

Former President Donald Trump leaves the stage at a campaign rally. (AP Photo/Reba Saldanha)

“If this race is about policy and performance, Donald Trump has a huge advantage,” Tony Fabrizio, a Republican pollster who conducted the poll with Democrat Michael Bockian, said of the results. “If this race is about temperament and personality, and things like that, then Biden has the advantage.”

Biden faces a larger polling deficit now than Obama did a year before the 2012 presidential election

Meanwhile, Bockian said Biden may face conflict with groups that have traditionally sided with Democrats, including young Latinos and Black Americans.

Biden wears sunglasses

President Joe Biden exits the White House on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn. ((Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images))

“They are feeling the economic pressures and challenges right now. They are not showing enthusiasm the way they would have shown in 2020 or 2022,” he said.

The poll included 1,500 registered voters from November 29 to December 4, and has a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.

The Wall Street Journal poll is the latest national poll in the past two months to suggest Trump is ahead of Biden in hypothetical general election contests.

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Biden had the upper hand over Trump in the 2024 re-election polls, but Trump began to enjoy an advantage over his successor in the White House in most opinion polls starting in October. A Siena College poll for The New York Times, released early last month, indicated that Trump is leading Biden in five of the six key states that the president won over Trump in the 2020 election. The poll sparked another round of stories that highlighted Biden’s problems in Ballot.

Former President Donald Trump in Iowa

Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally on Saturday, November 18, 2023, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (AP Photo/Bryon Holgrave) (AP Photo/Bryon Holgrave)

The new Wall Street Journal poll is also the latest to suggest that Biden remains underwater on the most important metric of his presidency — his approval rating.

Biden’s approval rating ranged between the low and mid-50s during his first six months in the White House. But the president’s numbers began to decline in August 2021 in the wake of Biden’s much-criticized handling of the U.S.’s troubled exit from Afghanistan and after a spike in COVID-19 cases that summer among mainly unvaccinated people.

The decline in the president’s approval was also driven by rising inflation — which began rising in the summer of 2021 and so far remains a major concern for Americans — and an increase in migrants trying to cross into the United States along the southern border with Mexico.

President Joe Biden leads a labor rally in Philadelphia

President Biden leads a labor rally on June 17, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2024, the president will run for a second term in the White House (AP)

Biden stands well below where his last three two-term predecessors stood at this stage of their presidency, as they successfully ran for re-election. The only recent president whose approval ratings were nearly as negative as Biden’s current numbers was his most recent predecessor — Trump.

Amid a flurry of polls suggesting Biden is trailing Trump in a potential 2024 rematch, the Biden campaign and his Democratic allies are pointing nearly a dozen years ahead.

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That’s when former President Barack Obama — with Biden as his running mate — won re-election to a second term in the White House in 2012 despite polls a year earlier predicting he would defeat the incumbent at the polls.

“The outlook more than a year later looks a little different a year later,” Biden campaign spokesman Kevin Munoz said last month. “Don’t take our word for it: Gallup predicted an eight-point loss for President Obama, but he won handily a year later.”

Obama was saddled in late 2011 with unfavorable polls a year before his re-election, but his position was not as troublesome as the deficit Biden currently faces.

Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more in the Fox News Digital Election Center.

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