Biden's Approval on Immigration Reaches New Low: Poll

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February 23, 2024

President Joe Biden’s approval rating for his record on immigration has hit a new low, with 67 percent of Americans disapproving of and only 28 percent looking favorably on his handling of the issue, according to a Gallup poll released on Friday. 

The low mark on immigration came amid the Biden administration’s failure to manage an unprecedented surge in illegal crossings at the U.S. southern border, which has overwhelmed officials and drained cities' resources.

The Border Patrol has encountered around 8.5 million illegal aliens at the southern border since Biden took office in early 2021, with an estimated additional 1.8 million who escaped apprehension, according to a Feb. 16 report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform. 

The Friday poll also reflects Americans’ disapproval of Biden’s performance on other critical issues, showing a 40 percent approval rating for his handling of the war in Ukraine, 36 percent for the economy, 33 percent for foreign affairs, and 30 percent for his approach to Israel's war with Hamas.

Meanwhile, Biden’s overall approval rating as president, which has not exceeded 44 percent in Gallup's polling since August 2021, dropped 3 percentage points to 38 percent, only 1 point above his all-time low.

"Looking ahead to November," Gallup said, "history suggests that Biden has significant work to do to improve his approval rating among independents as well as Democrats if he is to win a second term."