Emerson Polling – Biden’s Approval Drops to 38%; 1 in 3 say Memorial Day travel plans were affected by high gas costs
Emerson College Polling’s latest national survey shows President Joe Biden has 38% approval of the job, while 52% disapprove of the job he does as president. Since April Emerson National Poll, Presidential approval fell four points from 42%. Approval of the president’s job is lowest among white voters at 33% and highest among black voters at 61%.
“Biden struggles with swing voters, especially independent voters and suburban voters; majorities of 55% independent voters and 53% suburban voters disapprove of the job Biden is doing as president,” said Spencer Kimball, executive director of Emerson College Polling.
The economy is the main concern for 49% of voters, followed by crime with 12% and health with 11%. Since april national election, the economy and crime increased by nine points respectively.
As Memorial Day weekend approaches, a third of voters (33%) say they have changed or canceled their holiday travel plans due to the high cost of gas, while 67% have brought no no modification or cancellation for this reason.
A majority of 78% of voters are very (42%) or somewhat (36%) concerned about the shortage of infant formula in the United States. Women voters are more concerned about the shortage of infant formula than their male counterparts: 82% of women are concerned compared to 73% of men.
Heading into the November midterm elections, 45% of American voters say they would support the Republican candidate for Congress on the ballot, while 42% would support the Democratic candidate; 13% are undecided.
In a hypothetical 2024 confrontation between President Biden and former President Trump, 44% say they would vote for Trump and 42% for Biden.
Half (50%) of voters think the Supreme Court should uphold Roe vs. Wade29% think they should cancel it and 21% aren’t sure.
“There is a significant regional divide in opinion on Roe vs. Wade. A 52% majority of suburban voters think the Court should uphold Roe, compared to 44% of rural voters who share that sentiment,” Kimball said.
Voters were asked if abortion became illegal in their state, if they would move to a state with access to abortion. Sixteen percent (16%) said they would definitely move, 27% said it was possible and 57% said it was definitely not. Among voters under 30, 70% would consider moving if abortion becomes illegal in their state.
As Elon Musk continues talks with Twitter to finalize the purchase of the platform, 40% of voters say they support the Tesla CEO’s purchase of Twitter, 22% oppose it, 31% are unsure and 8% had never heard of it.
In a hypothetical 2024 presidential election showdown between Elon Musk and entrepreneur Mark Cuban, 29% would vote for Musk, 20% Cuban, 27% someone else, and 23% are undecided.
In light of the US Congressional hearing on UAPs, formerly known as UFOs, a quarter (25%) of voters believe Earth has been visited by extraterrestrials. Thirty-nine percent (39%) are not convinced that Earth has been visited by extraterrestrials, while 36% are not sure.
Confidence that Earth has been visited by extraterrestrials decreases with age: 38% of voters under 30 think extraterrestrials have visited Earth, compared to 32% of those between 30 and 49, 19% of those between 50 and 64 years old and 12% of those over. 65.
Sixty-two percent of voters think there should be some form of student debt relief: 25% support canceling all student debt, 14% support canceling $50,000 per borrower, and 23% support canceling $10,000 per borrower. Thirty-eight percent (38%) do not support any cancellation of student debt.
Notably, voters with a graduate degree were the most opposed to student loan debt forgiveness at 48%, while voters with a high school diploma or less were the most supportive. forgiveness of all student loan debt at 37%,” Kimball noted.
Women were about ten points more likely to support student loan debt forgiveness. Specifically, 30% of women favor canceling all student loan debt, compared to 20% of men.
The Emerson College Polling National Voters Poll was conducted May 24-25, 2022. The sample consisted of registered voters, n=1,148, with a credibility interval (CI) similar to the margin of error (MOE) of a survey of +/- 2.8 percentage points. Datasets were weighted by gender, region, age, education, and race/ethnicity based on the 2022 participation modeling. It is important to remember that subsets based on gender, age, education, and race/ethnicity have higher margins of error because the sample size is small. Data was collected using a landline Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system and an online panel provided by CloudResearch.