Biden’s approval rating up but grapples with key issues, new poll shows

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WASHINGTON — A new poll commissioned by a super PAC in conjunction with President Joe Biden finds that the president’s general approval has improved in three battlefield states, but voters say he’s not getting things right, like the economy and jobs.

The Unite the Country survey, provided exclusively to NBC News, found that among 1,500 likely voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Biden’s approval rating rose slightly from 42% in May to 45% in September.

The favorable rating in those states for former President Donald Trump fell from 44% in May to 39% in September.

More than half, 56%, said they approved of Biden’s handling of the Covid response, and 50% approved of his handling of the war in Ukraine, while voters were evenly divided over his treatment of abortion and reproductive rights.

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The poll found that 54% said they disapproved of Biden’s handling of the economy and jobs, 51% of his handling of health care and 57% of his handling of crime and public safety. At least 60% of respondents in the three battlefield states said they didn’t like how Biden handled immigration, inflation and the national debt.

Unite the Country pointed positively to how voters feel about certain legislative victories for the Biden administration. For example, the poll found that 82% said it was very or somewhat important for the president to sign legislation that would allow Medicare to negotiate lower costs for prescription drugs. Nearly 80% said they think his actions to tackle crime and support the police have been important and that his work to renew the country’s infrastructure is important.

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“While the environment has improved significantly for Democrats over the past seven months, the reality is that neither side has closed the deal,” the group said in a statement. “As we’ve seen in previous interim cycles, these events can break out late, and no Democrat should rest a second between now and November.”

The PAC said it will “continue to inform voters in swing states about the successes of the Biden administration”.

When asked how voters planned to vote for the Senate in November, an average of 52% in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin said they would vote for the Democratic nominee, and 48% said they planned to vote for the Republican. sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is one of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents, with the Cook Political Report judging the Wisconsin race as an uphill battle and the race for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat as leaning Democratic.

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When asked how they planned to vote for congressional candidates in their district, 50% of likely voters said they intended to vote for Democrat, while 47% said they would vote for Republican. Some of the most competitive races in this general election cycle — which could determine which party has the majority in the House over the next two years — are congressional races for House seats in Pennsylvania and Michigan.

The poll, which surveyed 500 likely voters in each state on the battlefield from Sept. 14 to 19, reported a sampling error of 2.5% at a 95% confidence interval.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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