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New Focus On Immigration Blunts Biden's Gains On Economy

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A new survey from the Wall Street Journal has found that, although voter views on the economy are improving, President Joe Biden is suffering in a head-to-head matchup with former President Donald Trump due to rising concerns over immigration.

  • WSJ notes: "Some 31% of voters in the survey said the economy had gotten better over the past two years, during the majority of Biden’s tenure, a rise of 10 percentage points from a Journal poll in December. And 43% said their personal finances are headed in the right direction, a 9-point increase from the prior survey."
  • The Journal asks, "whether an improving economy will lift Biden’s re-election prospects against former President Donald Trump. The answer so far appears to be that it is helping Biden just a bit—but also that more voters are turning their attention instead to immigration, a perilous issue for the president."
  • Democratic pollster Michael Bocian said, noting that more respondents cited immigration (20%) than the economy (14%) as the most important issue to their vote: “It’s not like they’re saying to us, ‘The economy is wonderful; that’s why we must re-elect Biden.’ They’re just not as concerned about it. So, they’re turning to other issues, which is net good for Biden at the end of the day. But then he has to go win those issues.”

Figure 1: Voter Views on Economy Over Two Years

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A new survey from the Wall Street Journal has found that, although voter views on the economy are improving, President Joe Biden is suffering in a head-to-head matchup with former President Donald Trump due to rising concerns over immigration.

  • WSJ notes: "Some 31% of voters in the survey said the economy had gotten better over the past two years, during the majority of Biden’s tenure, a rise of 10 percentage points from a Journal poll in December. And 43% said their personal finances are headed in the right direction, a 9-point increase from the prior survey."
  • The Journal asks, "whether an improving economy will lift Biden’s re-election prospects against former President Donald Trump. The answer so far appears to be that it is helping Biden just a bit—but also that more voters are turning their attention instead to immigration, a perilous issue for the president."
  • Democratic pollster Michael Bocian said, noting that more respondents cited immigration (20%) than the economy (14%) as the most important issue to their vote: “It’s not like they’re saying to us, ‘The economy is wonderful; that’s why we must re-elect Biden.’ They’re just not as concerned about it. So, they’re turning to other issues, which is net good for Biden at the end of the day. But then he has to go win those issues.”

Figure 1: Voter Views on Economy Over Two Years

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