Biden Takes Another Hit Over Immigration

By: Georgia | Published: May 02, 2024

Gallup’s recent surveys have put immigration at the forefront of America’s worries. Over the past three months, 27% of Americans have named it as the nation’s most pressing issue. 

Released on a Tuesday, these figures could signal challenging times for President Joe Biden as he gears up for his reelection campaign.

Governmental Issues Rank Second

Close on immigration’s heels, 18% of Americans surveyed voiced concerns about governmental issues, ranking it as the second most critical problem, Newsweek reports. 

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This growing unease among the populace could significantly shape the narrative as the political climate heats up.

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Economic and Inflation Worries Loom Large

Economic strains and rising prices are also capturing American attention, with 17% worried about the economy and another 13% fretting over inflation.

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These concerns underline the ongoing financial stress felt by many across the nation.

How Gallup Gathers Data

The data for this Gallup poll came from phone interviews with 1,001 adults across all 50 states, ensuring a comprehensive view of national sentiments.

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The results carry a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points, providing a snapshot of American opinions.

Persistent Immigration Concerns

For three months running, immigration has topped the list of national concerns in Gallup polls.

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These findings signal a consistent worry among Americans about how immigration policies are being handled.

Questioning Border Control Effectiveness

A separate poll by Redfield & Wilton Strategies for Newsweek revealed that only 20% of Americans feel the country has control over its borders.

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This significant doubt casts a shadow over the effectiveness of current border security measures.

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Biden's Struggling Border Ratings

President Biden has consistently received low approval ratings for his handling of the border crisis, according to Gallup.

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These figures reflect a general dissatisfaction with the administration’s immigration strategies.

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Sinking Approval on Immigration

In a sobering turn, a February poll recorded just a 28% approval rating for Biden’s handling of immigration issues.

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As he approaches a critical reelection campaign, these numbers could prove troublesome.

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A Surge at the Border

December last year saw a record-breaking number of 302,000 encounters at the U.S. southern border, reported by border agents.

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This peak highlights the ongoing challenges faced by border security forces.

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Shifting Trust in Immigration Management

Recent polling by PBS/NPR/Marist shows a notable shift in public trust regarding immigration management, with 41% favoring the Republican party over the Democrats, who received just 29% of the vote.

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This change could reshape political strategies in the upcoming election cycle.

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Biden's Base Divided on Border Policy

Newsweek’s March polling indicates a rift among Biden supporters, with 38% supporting the border wall and 34% opposed.

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This split could complicate the President’s policy direction as he navigates through divisive opinions within his own base.

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Democratic Strategy on Immigration Under Scrutiny

Senator Chris Murphy has voiced concerns over the Democratic approach to immigration, emphasizing the need for proactive discussion.

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“I think it would be a big mistake for us as a party to not talk about immigration, given that they have gifted us with an ability to get on the offense,” he told Newsweek

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