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Monmouth Survey: Biden's Border Directive Fails to Lift Approval Ratings

 June 13, 2024

Despite President Joe Biden's new executive order targeting asylum claims, a recent poll from Monmouth University reveals no boost to his faltering approval ratings.

The Monmouth survey underscores that President Joe Biden’s latest executive action on asylum has done little to mend his dwindling overall approval ratings amidst a politically divided America and could spell disaster for his and Vice President Kamala Harris' re-election hopes, as Newsmax reports.

The poll, released on a Wednesday, captures the ongoing struggles of the Biden administration to sway public opinion favorably concerning immigration issues.

Biden's approval ratings have remained stagnant and are notably lower than public perceptions of former President Donald Trump's past performance.

Public Divided Over Biden's Immigration Policy

The survey detailed that 40% of Americans are in support of the new asylum order, while 27% oppose it, leaving a significant 33% undecided. The division crosses party lines with a nearly equal percentage of Republicans, Democrats, and independents showing support for the border policy.

Comparative to previous immigration proposals by House Speaker Mike Johnson and a bipartisan Senate group earlier this year, Biden's policy received slightly higher favorability. Yet, it is clear that a majority of Republicans find the measures not stringent enough.

This sentiment is echoed by significant percentages of both supporters and opponents within the GOP, indicating a sharp partisan divide on immigration matters.

Biden's Job Approval Continues to Decline

As the numbers layout, Biden’s approval has slipped from 42% in April to a lower 38% now, while his disapproval rates climbed from 55% to 58%.

In contrast, Trump's current approval stands at 47%, with a disapproval rate of 50%, reflecting persistent partisan polarization.

Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, commented on the situation. "Biden will never be able to satisfy Republicans on border policy. The real question is whether he can neutralize this issue among independents without alienating certain Democrats," he stated.

Murray further elaborated, "These initial public opinion results suggest he may have achieved some of that, but it's not a clear political win by any stretch."

This commentary points to the intricate balance Biden must maintain to appease diverse voter bases in the face of reelection challenges.

Comparative Poll Performance and Electoral Implications

The poll also highlights the stark contrast between the approval ratings of Congress and the Presidency. Congress maintains a dismally low approval rating of 14%, with an 82% disapproval rate unchanged since the start of the current session in 2023.

Murray's remarks provide a broader electoral context, suggesting that if reelection bids are seen as a referendum on presidential performance, the 2024 election could present unique challenges for Biden, with two past officeholders potentially on the ballot.

This becomes a critical point as Biden's administration continues to navigate a complex political landscape where immigration remains a contentious issue.

Summary and Future Implications

The Monmouth University Poll, conducted from June 6-10, 2023, surveyed 1,106 adults and holds a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points. As public opinion remains split, the data from this poll suggests challenges ahead for Biden's administration in not only rallying support but in stabilizing his approval ratings amidst ongoing criticisms and comparisons to his predecessors.

In conclusion, the survey encapsulates the current political climate around Biden's presidency, reflecting ongoing challenges in immigration policy and the broader implications for his reelection campaign.

The administration's efforts to reform asylum claims seem to have had minimal impact on improving Biden's standing with the electorate, highlighting the deep-seated polarization that continues to characterize American politics.