The latest Emerson College Polling national survey shows President Joe Biden with a 38% job approval, while 52% disapprove of the job he is doing as President. Since the April Emerson national poll, the President’s approval has dropped four points from 42%. The President’s job approval is lowest among White voters at 33%, and highest among Black voters at 61%.
“Biden is struggling with swing voters, particularly Independents and suburban voters; majorities of Independent voters at 55% and suburban voters at 53% disapprove of the job Biden is doing as President” Spencer Kimball, Executive Director of Emerson College Polling said.
The economy is the top concern for 49% of voters, followed by crime with 12% and healthcare at 11%. Since the April national poll, the economy and crime have risen nine points respectively.
Heading into Memorial Day Weekend, a third of voters (33%) say they changed or canceled travel plans for the holiday because of the high cost of gas, while 67% made no change or cancellation for this reason.
A 78% majority of voters are very (42%) or somewhat (36%) concerned over the baby formula shortage in the United States. Female voters are more concerned about the baby formula shortage than their male counterparts: 82% of women are concerned compared to 73% of men.
As the November Midterm Elections draw closer, 45% of US voters say they would support the Republican congressional candidate on the ballot while 42% would support the Democratic candidate; 13% are undecided.
In a hypothetical 2024 matchup between President Biden and former President Trump, 44% say they would vote for Trump and 42% Biden.
Half (50%) of voters think the Supreme Court should uphold Roe v. Wade, 29% think they should overturn it, and 21% are unsure.
Voters were asked if abortion were to become illegal in their state, if they would move to a state with abortion access. Sixteen percent (16%) said they definitely would move, 27% said possibly, and 57% said definitely not. Among voters under 30, 70% would consider moving if abortion became illegal in their state.
As Elon Musk continues talks with Twitter to complete a purchase of the platform, 40% of voters say they support the Tesla CEO purchasing Twitter, 22% oppose, 31% are unsure, and 8% had never heard of this.
In a hypothetical 2024 Presidential Election matchup 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 think that Earth has been visited by aliens. Thirty-nine percent (39%) are not convinced Earth has been visited by aliens, while 36% are unsure.
Confidence that Earth has been visited by aliens decreases with age: 38% of voters under 30 think aliens have visited Earth, compared to 32% of those between 30 and 49, 19% of those between 50-64, and 12% of those over 65.
Sixty-two percent of voters think there should be some form of student debt relief: 25% support the cancellation of all student debt, 14% support the cancellation of $50,000 per borrower, and 23% support the cancellation of $10,000 per borrower. Thirty-eight percent (38%) do not support any student debt cancellation.
“Notably, voters with a postgraduate degree were most opposed to canceling student loan debt at 48%, while voters with a high school degree or less were most supportive of canceling all student loan debt at 37%,” Kimball noted.
Women were about ten points more likely to support canceling student loan debt. Specifically, 30% of women support canceling all student loan debt compared to 20% of men.
The Emerson College Polling National poll of voters was conducted May 24-25, 2022. The sample consisted of registered voters, n=1,148, with a Credibility Interval (CI) similar to a poll’s margin of error (MOE) of +/- 2.8 percentage points. The data sets were weighted by gender, region, age, education, and race/ethnicity based on 2022 turnout modeling. It is important to remember that subsets based on gender, age, education, and race/ethnicity carry with them higher margins of error, as the sample size is reduced. Data was collected using an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system of landlines and an online panel provided by CloudResearch.