WASHINGTON — A new poll commissioned by a super PAC in conjunction with President Joe Biden found that overall presidential approval has improved in three battlefield states, but voters say he doesn’t address specific issues such as the economy and jobs Good.
The Unite the Country survey, which was provided exclusively to NBC News, found that Biden’s approval rating among 1,500 likely voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin rose slightly from 42% in May to 45% in September.
Former President Donald Trump’s positive assessment in these states dropped 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% approve of his handling of the war in Ukraine, while voters were evenly divided over his handling of abortion and reproductive rights.
The survey found that 54% said they disapprove of Biden’s approach to business and jobs, 51% disapprove of his approach to healthcare, and 57% disapprove of how he handled crime and public safety. At least 60% of respondents in the three battlefield states said they disliked Biden’s handling of immigration, inflation, and public debt.
Unite the Country pointed out positively how voters feel about certain legislative gains made by the Biden government. The survey found, for example, that 82% thought it was very or slightly important for the president to sign legislation that would allow Medicare to negotiate lower costs for prescription drugs. Almost 80% said they thought his measures to combat crime and support the police were important and that his work to redesign the country’s infrastructure was important.
“During the The environment has improved significantly for Democrats over the past 7 months. The reality is that neither side closed the deal,” the group said in a statement. “As we’ve seen in past interim cycles, these events can break out late and not a single Democrat should rest for a second until November.”
The PAC said it would “continue to educate voters in swing states about the Biden government’s successes.”
Asked how voters wanted to vote for the Senate in November, an average of 52% in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin said they voted for the Democratic candidate, and 48% said they voted for the Republican. Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is one of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents. The Cook Political Report rates the race in Wisconsin as a throw and the race for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat as crooked democratic.
Asked how they would vote for congressional candidates in their districts, 50% of likely voters said they would vote for the Democrat, while 47% said they would vote for the Republican. Some of the most competitive races in this cycle of general elections — which could determine which party will have the majority in the House of Representatives over the next two years — are congressional races for seats in the House of Representatives in Pennsylvania and Michigan.