Former President Donald Trump’s approval rating is experiencing an upward trend as the 2024 election cycle begins, while President Joe Biden’s approval rating has been on a downward trajectory, according to a recent Wall Street Journal poll. The findings of this poll highlight a significant shift in public sentiment and offer insights into the potential dynamics of the upcoming presidential race.
In the poll conducted from November 29 to December 4, 2023, which sampled 1,500 registered voters, Trump’s approval rating reached its highest levels in recent memory. Specifically, the data showed that 41% of respondents approved of Trump’s performance, while 56% expressed disapproval. This marks a notable improvement for Trump compared to earlier in the year when his approval ratings were consistently below 40%.
In contrast, President Joe Biden’s approval ratings have taken a hit in the same time frame. Only 36% of respondents in the poll approved of his performance, while a significant majority of 61% expressed disapproval. This represents a concerning trend for the Biden administration as his approval ratings continue to slide.
It is important to note that these poll results reflect a broader pattern seen in various surveys conducted by different pollsters. For instance, a CNN poll found that Biden’s approval rating had sunk to the lowest point of his presidency. Similarly, an NBC News poll reported that Biden’s approval rating had reached its lowest level since he assumed office.
One critical factor contributing to Biden’s declining approval ratings is the state of the economy. In the CNN poll, a staggering 67% of respondents expressed disapproval of Biden’s handling of the economy, highlighting that economic concerns are a top issue for voters leading up to the 2024 election.
Additionally, a Morning Consult poll indicated that Trump was leading Biden in six out of seven crucial swing states, underscoring the competitive landscape that could shape the outcome of the next presidential race.
Gallup Poll data showed that Biden’s support among independents had dropped by eight points, reaching a record low of 27%. This decline among independent voters, who often play a pivotal role in elections, could pose a significant challenge to Biden’s prospects in 2024.
Overall, these poll results paint a challenging picture for President Joe Biden as he faces declining approval ratings, particularly on economic issues, and increasing competition from former President Donald Trump, whose approval ratings are on the rise. The 2024 presidential election promises to be a closely watched and hotly contested race as these trends continue to evolve.