Wednesday, March 31, 2021


Fox News reports on a new NPR poll:
Biden approval numbers on immigration sink amid border crisis: poll

A new poll indicates that Americans are giving President Biden a big thumbs up on dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

But when it comes to the divisive issue of immigration and border security, the survey suggests that the president's approval rating plummets.

Just a third of Americans questioned in an NPR/Marist poll released on Tuesday say they approve of Biden's handling of the issue of immigration, with 53% saying they disapprove of his performance....

... The poll indicates that Biden's overall approval on immigration is down four points from late January, when it stood at 38%.
You might guess from this that the immigration issue is dragging Biden's overall job approval down. You'd be wrong. Marist tells us:
• 52% of Americans approve of Biden’s overall job performance, up from 49% earlier this month. Notably, a plurality of independents (48%) approve of how Biden is doing his job. They divided, 43% to 43%, last time.
NPR/Marist's previous job approval number for Biden was lower than some other pollsters' -- it was 49% three weeks ago. But after weeks of incessant "border crisis" talk from both the right-wing and mainstream press, Biden's overall job approval number has gone up. (His disapproval number is 40%.) Why the improvement?
• 51% of Americans approve of how Biden is handling the economy. 41% disapprove. Earlier in March, 46% approved and 41% disapproved.

• 65% approve of how Biden is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic compared with a positive rating of 62% earlier this month. 30% of 2020 Trump voters now approve of Biden’s efforts up from 22% just a few weeks ago.
It's only on immigration that his approval rating has gone down.

So, in other words, immigration isn't the all-consuming number-one issue for most Americans, the way it appears to be for Republicans. Sorry to disappoint you, Fox News -- and you too, Washington Post.

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