By Andy Sullivan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe BidenThe Democrat’s approval rating fell in January as Americans worry about the economy and immigration while the Democrat accelerates his re-election campaign, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday.
Only 38% of respondents said they approve of Biden’s performance as president, down from 40% in December.
His public approval rating has been below 50% since August 2021, sparking concern among fellow Democrats as he faces an expected election rematch with the former Republican. President Donald Trump in November. Another Reuters/Ipsos poll released earlier this month gave Trump a six percentage point lead in this matchup.
Latest poll finds growing concern over immigration, with 17% of respondents citing it as the most important issue facing the United States today, up sharply from the 11% who cited it as the most pressing problem in December. This is the top concern among Republican respondents, with 36% citing it as their top concern, compared to 29% citing the economy.
The Biden administration has struggled to deal with a surge of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, while congressional Republicans, egged on by Trump, have threatened to derail a bipartisan attempt to tackle the problem. They are continuing their efforts to remove Biden’s top border official, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Majorkas.
U.S. border officials struggled in December to process migrants, with apprehensions reaching nearly 11,000 in a single day, a near or record number, according to officials.
The economy remains Americans’ top concern, cited by 22% of respondents, as they grapple with inflation and other aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed, including 47% of Democrats, believe the country is on the wrong track.
The online survey of 1,019 U.S. adults was conducted Friday through Sunday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points for all respondents, 6.4 points for Republicans only, and 6.1 points for Democrats only.
(Reporting by Andy Sullivan; editing by Scott Malone and Jonathan Oatis)