Biden's Approval Rating Plummets Over Border Crisis, Poll Shows
Americans disprove of administration's handling of immigration and border security
Joe Biden's approval rating on immigration is plummeting as his administration fails to adequately handle the spiraling crisis at the border, a new survey suggests.
A new NPR/Marist poll published on Tuesday shows that just a third of Americans say they approve of Biden's handling of the issue of immigration and border security.
A massive 53 percent of those polled say they disapprove of his performance.
Two-thirds of Democrats say they approve of how Biden has handled the issue in the first two months of his presidency.
However, his approval rating plunges to 27 percent support among independents and just 5% among Republicans.
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The influx of migrants across the nation's border with Mexico has jumped since Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20, according to Fox News.
Republicans have repeatedly slammed the president on the issue, blaming him for what they constantly call a "crisis."
This week the Biden administration began asking federal workers to help with "urgent efforts" to care for the surge in unaccompanied migrant children who are arriving at the southern border.
Thousands of the children are being temporarily housed in border facilities that were set up for adults.
Biden is also facing incoming fire from the Democratic Party's progressive left, which is increasingly frustrated with the slow progress so far by the White House to deliver what he promised on the 2020 campaign trail – a more humane immigration system than the restrictive policies under President Donald Trump's administration.
The poll indicates that Biden's overall approval on immigration is down four points from late January when it stood at 38%.
"It wasn't a good issue for Biden when he was running for president. His candidacy was built around handling the coronavirus," Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, told Fox News.
"There's no easy solutions. It's a tough issue for him and people recognize that," the pollster noted.
"It's not the issue he wants to be focusing on in his first 100 days in office, but you don't always get to pick your issues."
The new poll is in line with an ABC News/Ipsos survey released Sunday, which indicated that 57% of Americans disapprove of how Biden has handled immigration – and a majority (54%) say the situation at the border is a crisis.
On the economy, Biden stood at 51% approval and 41% disapproval in the NPR/Marist poll.
Biden's overall approval rating in the NPR/Marist poll was 52% approval and 40% disapproval.
As expected, there was a wide partisan divide over Biden's overall approval rating – with Democrats at 91%-6%, independents at 48%-40%, and Republicans at 13%-84%.
The NPR/Marist poll was conducted March 22-25, with 1,167 registered voters questioned by live telephone operators.
The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.