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Poll finds 60 percent would vote against Biden if election was held now


Six in 10 Americans would vote for someone other than President Biden if the 2024 presidential election was held today — a rate higher than his predecessors Barack Obama and Donald Trump, according to a poll released Sunday. 

Asked if the election were held today, 60 percent said they would “probably” or “definitely” vote for someone else, compared to 36 percent who said they would “definitely” or “probably” re-elect Biden, the survey by Fox News shows.

Fifty-two percent said they would vote for someone other than Trump if it were February 2020, and 51 percent said they would select somebody other than Obama if it were August 2011.

The survey also shows the deep dissatisfaction Americans feel for Biden’s handling of the economy, the COVID-19 pandemic, border security and foreign policy. 

The president’s job disapproval rating is at 52 percent, a slight rise from last month, but a 9 percentage point increase from April, while his approval rating is trending in the opposite direction — from a high of 56 percent in June to 47 percent in this poll. 

Asked about Biden’s handling of the economy, 58 percent to 41 percent disapprove. When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, 52 percent to 46 percent disapprove; 59 percent to 37 percent disapprove of his handling of border security; and 54 percent to 41 percent disapprove of his handling of foreign policy.

60 percent said they would “probably” or “definitely” vote for someone else other than President Biden in 2024.
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As bad as Biden’s approval ratings are, Vice President Kamala Harris’ are worse. 

The survey found that 54 percent of Americans disapprove of the job she is doing, and only 43 percent approve.

In June, her approval rating was at 50 percent and her disapproval rating was 47 percent. 

Kamala Harris.
Vice President Kamala Harris’ approval ratings are even worse than President Biden’s.
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But the overall discontent with the Biden administration doesn’t translate into a significant advantage for congressional Republicans in the 2022 midterm elections. 

Forty-four percent said they would vote for the Republican candidate if the election were held today, compared to 43 percent who would go with the Democratic candidate.

Republicans get high marks from voters on their ability to deal with taxes, the federal budget deficit, immigration, crime, and the economy, while Democrats get good grades on climate change, racism, health care, the pandemic and education. 

Barack Obama.
Some 51 percent said they would select somebody other than former President Barack Obama if it were August 2011.
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But most Americans — 85 percent — said their top concern was inflation and higher prices, above all other issues.

Concerns over high crime came came in second with 81 percent, followed by political divisions at 78 percent, the coronavirus pandemic at 72 percent, North Korean missile tests at 68 percent, the standoff between Ukraine and Russia at 62 percent, migrants at the southern border at 59 percent, voter suppression at 58 percent and voter fraud at 53 percent. 

Forty-three percent of Americans believe inflation and high prices will still be plaguing the nation for “more than a year,” while 44 percent think coronavirus will continue to be a major issue for “more than a year.”

Donald Trump.
According to the poll, 52 percent said they would vote for someone other than former President Donald Trump if it were February 2020.
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The poll shows 48 percent blame the federal government’s policies for inflation. Forty-two percent say it’s the result of coronavirus and 9 percent blame both equally. 

The poll surveyed 1,001 registered voters between Jan. 16-19.

It has a plus/minus 3 percentage points margin of error. 

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