As his administration continues to struggle with the migrant surge at the nation’s southern border, conflict in the Middle East, a faltering jobs report, and ongoing criticism of pandemic-related mixed messaging, President Joe Biden’s approval rating has taken a dive over the last month, according to a new poll, as Breitbart reports.
The survey conducted by the Trafalgar Group between April 30 and May 6 included 1,571 likely primary or general election voters and found that the president’s approval rating now stands at 48.3%, with this disapproval rating coming in at 47.5%.
In April, a Gallup poll pegged Biden’s approval rating at 57%, a figure that exceeded that notched by former President Donald Trump after his first 100 days in office, but fell short of that achieved by former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
Approval numbers were not the only interesting data gleaned from the Trafalgar survey that had a margin of error of +/- 2.47%, as a series of other topics were addressed with respondents.
When asked whether they would vote for the current president again if he appears on his party’s primary ballot in the 2024 cycle, 57.4% of Democrats reported they were very or somewhat likely to do so, while 7.9% of participants indicated they would consider doing so.
In a hypothetical scenario in which Biden did not seek re-election, 41.3% of respondents indicated that Vice President Kamala Harris would be their choice for the top of the ticket, with Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg coming in a distant second at 9.3%.
Regarding Republican prospects for the 2024 race for the White House, 61.5% of GOP respondents revealed that they would “absolutely” or “likely” cast their ballot for former President Donald Trump, with an additional 7.8% indicating that they would consider the option.
Should Trump stay out of the electoral fray, according to the survey, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is the favorite among Republican voters, coming in at 34.9% support. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas garnered 15.3% support from respondents, with Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and former Vice President Mike Pence hovering around 10%.
The Trafalgar survey makes clear that Biden has suffered some noticeable setbacks in terms of public approval in recent weeks, and amid poor jobs numbers, growing concerns over inflation, and an unpopular unwillingness to address the crisis at the border, this may just be the start of a polling free fall for the commander in chief.