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Biden approval rating drops to 33%

By Jake Beardslee · January 15, 2024

In brief…

  • Trump leads handily among Republicans on perceived electability, leadership, qualifications. 71% have favorable view of him.
  • Biden approval drops to 33%, lowest in 15 years. Just 57% of Dems satisfied with him as nominee.
  • 13% say they are better off financially under Biden.
  • 2024 primary season begins with Trump favored among GOP voters but Biden struggling on the Democratic side.
A new poll shows Donald Trump leading the Republican primary field while President Biden faces low approval ratings among Democrats ahead of the 2024 Iowa caucuses.  Joe Biden: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (source: Joe Biden); User:TDKR Chicago 101 (clipping)Donald Trump: Shealah Craighead (source: White House)–°ombination: krassotkin/Wikimedia

As the presidential primary season gets underway with the Iowa caucuses on Monday, former president Donald Trump holds a commanding position among Republicans while President Joe Biden faces dissatisfaction within his own party, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll.

The poll finds Trump with substantial advantages among GOP voters when it comes to perceived electability, leadership, and qualifications. 68% say Trump has the best chance of winning the general election, while 65% view him as the strongest leader and 54% say he is most qualified to be president. His overall favorability among Republicans stands at 71%.

In contrast, only 57% of Democrats say they would be satisfied with Biden as their nominee. The president’s approval rating has sunk to just 33% among all adults, the lowest for a president in the past 15 years. He gets poor marks on handling issues like the economy, immigration, and the Israel-Hamas war. Just 13% say they are better off financially since Biden took office.