Voters Say Immigration Is Top Issue Facing Country, Biden Faces Widespread Disapproval On Immigration
CIUDAD JUAREZ , MEXICO - MARCH 21: Hundreds of foreigners who camped at the border, broke the fence with their hands, sticks and different tools they had, placed blankets over the spikes and entered the United States, through the area known as Gate 36 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on March 21, 2024.
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Voters say that immigration is the single biggest issue facing the country, with President Joe Biden facing his lowest approval rating over his handling of immigration, a new poll has found.

The new Harvard Harris poll in conjunction with the Center for American Political Studies found that immigration is not only the top issue facing the country, but that Biden has the lowest approval rating on his handling of immigration compared to other issues.

When asked what the most important issues facing the country are, 36% of respondents said that immigration is the biggest issue, while 33% said inflation and price increases are the top issues facing the United States. Economy and jobs came in third with 23%, while crime and drugs was fourth place at 18%.

Immigration and inflation switched spots when respondents were asked which issues affected them the most on a personal level. A full 38% of respondents said that inflation is the most important issue to them on a personal level, with immigration coming in second at 21%. While inflation is still 17 points higher than immigration among respondents who were asked about the personal importance of these issues, inflation dropped by 3 points since last month, with immigration rising by 4 points.

Respondents were also asked whether or not they approved of Biden’s handling of various issues, with the Democrat incumbent president receiving the lowest rating for his handling of immigration for the fourth month in a row. Just 36% of respondents said that they approve of Biden’s handling of immigration.

Biden enjoyed his greatest approval ratings on his reaction to coronavirus at 52% and stimulating jobs at 50%, with less than 50% of respondents approving of his handling of all other issues, including violence and crime, the Israeli-Hamas conflict, and the economy.

A majority of respondents, 55%, said that they approved of former President Donald Trump’s job as president, while just 45% of respondents say they approve of the job that Biden is doing as president overall.


A slim majority of respondents said that they would vote for Trump over Biden if the election was held today, with 51% saying they would vote for Trump and 49% opting for the Democrat incumbent.

The abysmal polling numbers that Biden faces on immigration come as the United States faces an unprecedented crisis on our southern border, with officials recording about 9 million nationwide encounters and 1.7 million estimated gotaways since President Joe Biden took office. The figure poses a sharp contrast with the 415,000 total reported gotaways for 2018, 2019, and 2020 under the Trump administration.

The poll was conducted online on March 20th and 21st among over 2,100 registered voters, with results weighted by demographic group to represent the proportions of the United States population.

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