published : 2023-12-10

Poll Shows Biden's Record Low Approvals and Trails Trump in 2024 Matchup

Trump's Lead Grows When Independent Candidates Are Included

President Biden at a press conference discussing his policies, taken with a Nikon D850

President Biden's approval rating has hit an all-time low, and he trails former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical head-to-head 2024 matchup.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal poll, Trump leads Biden 47% to 43% in a hypothetical ballot between only those two candidates.

However, when five independent candidates are included, Biden trails 37% to 31%.

These findings reveal a significant decline in Biden's popularity and a growing advantage for Trump.

Notably, voters also expressed dissatisfaction with Biden's policies, with only 23% saying they have been personally helped and 53% claiming to have been hurt.

In contrast, around half of respondents said they were helped by Trump's policies when he was president.

Former President Donald Trump addressing a rally, captured with a Canon EOS R5

The poll also highlights Biden's overall job performance, garnering a meager 37% approval rating.

Additionally, 61% of respondents view Biden unfavorably, marking a record high for the poll.

When compared to Trump, Biden falls short on several key issues including the economy, inflation, border security, and handling the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Biden does, however, receive higher approval ratings on abortion and setting a better tone in politics.

These results are alarming for Democratic analysts, as Biden's support among key voter groups diminishes.

Analysts suggest that Biden may be struggling with traditionally Democratic-leaning groups, such as young Latino and Black Americans, who are currently experiencing economic challenges.

Young Latino and Black Americans participating in a political event, photographed with a Sony A7 III

Furthermore, Biden's approval ratings are significantly lower than his three most recent two-term predecessors.

This decline in popularity raises concerns for the Biden campaign and Democratic allies, especially amid polls predicting Trump's lead in a potential 2024 election rematch.

However, historical precedent reminds us that predictions made over a year in advance can drastically change.

For instance, former President Barack Obama faced unfavorable polls a year before his successful re-election in 2012.

Now, it remains to be seen whether Biden can reverse the current trend and regain ground against Trump.

As the 2024 campaign ensues, the nation eagerly awaits the unfolding drama, which promises to be a riveting political showdown.