Biden Approval Underwater on 6 Key Issues; Weakest on Immigration, Taxes & Government Spending

On each of six key issues measured, more voters disapprove of President Biden’s performance.

A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that Biden’s weakest ratings are on the topic of immigration where just 31% approve and 57% disapprove (net rating of -26 points). Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters believe the Biden Administration is making it too easy for illegal immigrants to enter the country. Just 10% disagree.

Most voters (55%) believe drug cartels have more control of the southern border than the U.S. government.

On the topic of government spending and taxes, just 36% approve and 54% disapprove (net rating -18). That may partly reflect the fact that his Build Back Better plan had a number of extraordinarily unpopular items. Additionally, most voters share Senator Joe Manchin’s concerns and believe the president’s plan would have made inflation worse.

On the economy, the president has a net rating of -11 (41% approve while 52% disapprove). He does a little better on national security (40% approve, 48% disapprove, net rating of -8).

His best marks were earned on COVID (45% approve, 48% disapprove, net rating of -3) and Health care (44% approve, 45% disapprove, net rating of -8).

On all six issues, the number who Strongly Disapprove is significantly higher than the number who Strongly Approve.

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Please let me know if you approve or disapprove of the way President Biden is handling each of the following issues:

The economy

18%    Strongly approve

23%    Somewhat approve

18%    Somewhat disapprove

34%    Strongly disapprove

8%    Not sure


24%    Strongly approve

21%    Somewhat approve

18%    Somewhat disapprove

30%    Strongly disapprove

6%    Not sure


14%    Strongly approve

17%    Somewhat approve

18%    Somewhat disapprove

39%    Strongly disapprove

11%    Not sure

National security

18%    Strongly approve

22%    Somewhat approve

18%    Somewhat disapprove

30%    Strongly disapprove

13%    Not sure

Health care

20%    Strongly approve

24%    Somewhat approve

18%    Somewhat disapprove

27%    Strongly disapprove

11%    Not sure

Taxes and government spending

16%    Strongly approve

20%    Somewhat approve

14%    Somewhat disapprove

40%    Strongly disapprove

10%    Not sure


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on December 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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