Joe Biden’s approval rating weighed down by border crisis and gun policy


A majority of Americans disapprove of President Joe Biden’s immigration policies and handling of the US-Mexico border crisis, and people think reuniting migrant children and separated parents at the border should be the top priority of the federal government.

According to an AP-NORC poll, 56% of people disapprove of Biden’s stance on immigration, with 55% disapproving of the current border situation – both worst readings of the issues included.

Biden also had negative approval ratings on gun policy issues and the federal budget deficit. But his overall job approval rating was net positive, with 61% approval versus 38% disapproval of his presidency so far.

The national survey of 1,166 adults was conducted between March 25 and 29 and has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.6 percentage points.

The probe comes as Republican lawmakers condemn Biden for his handling of the border, accusing him of encouraging the push. The number of migrants crossing the US-Mexico border has reached its highest level in several years.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also sent a letter to Biden in late March demanding responses to the “humanitarian crisis” at the border.

Biden has expressed his desire for a more humane approach to dealing with increasing border crossings, contrasting with his predecessor Donald Trump, whose separation policy has seen thousands of migrant children separated from their parents and detained. in large cages.

However, the Biden administration has also come under bipartisan criticism after images and videos posted last month showing migrant children in overcrowded conditions while in customs custody and protection. Borders (CBP) at a Texas facility.

According to the latest approval poll, 40% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of the crisis involving unaccompanied children apprehended at the US-Mexico border, compared with just 24% who approve.

A further 35% said they neither approved nor disapproved of Biden’s handling of children who reach the border without their parents.

The poll also found that 65% of those polled consider reuniting separated parents and children at the border to be a high priority for the government, with an additional 26% seeing it as a moderate priority, making it the main issue.

Other top priorities, according to the survey results, are to ensure the safe treatment of unaccompanied minors at the border (59%) and to strengthen security at the US-Mexico border (53%).

The poll notes that while about three-quarters (74%) of Democrats approve of Biden’s handling of immigration and border security, they are the lowest of all the issues included in the survey, with firearms policy.

Much like border and immigration issues, more than half of Americans overall (52%) disapprove of Biden’s gun policies.

The president vowed in March to take “common sense measures” and renewed his calls for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines following the mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder, Colorado , during the first three months of his mandate. presidency.

Biden’s gun policies have met with great disapproval from Republicans (82%), compared to 74% of Democrats who approve.

Overall, Biden continues to vote well on approving jobs, with almost unanimous support (96%) from Democratic voters. More than a fifth (22%) of Republicans also approved of the way he runs the presidency.

Biden is backed by a 73% majority approval for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a 60% approval rating for his management of the economy – an area in which Trump had enjoyed significant support from the voters during his tenure as president.

The White House has been contacted for comment.

US President Joe Biden pauses while speaking about the March Jobs Report in the State Dining Room of the White House April 2, 2021 in Washington, DC
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