WASHINGTON D.C. – The latest national likely voter poll from Cygnal – the nation’s most accurate private polling firm – shows President Biden’s image continues to be deeply underwater as his re-election campaign gets underway. With former President Trump’s image improving by net eight points in May, he is now viewed more favorably by voters than Joe Biden (Trump is +5 net favorable). With the Biden administration recently terminating Title 42, Biden’s favorability will likely take even more of a hit as a clear majority (52%) of Americans supported extending Title 42.

Another key finding is after former President Trump’s recent CNN town hall, he’s hit a majority (52%) among GOP voters, and while Trump is rising political newcomer Vivek Ramaswamy has gained 3 points since April and overtaken Nikki Haley and Mike Pence and is now in third place in the Republican primary. 

“Americans are concerned about the emergency at our southern border more than the Biden Administration. 75% of Republicans, 50% of Independents, and one-third of Democrats believe Biden should have extended Title 42 to deal with the crisis. With illegal border crossings rising daily, public sentiment will only worsen as the border battleground states of Texas and Arizona work to find solutions,” said Mitch Brown, Cygnal Pollster. 

With the debt ceiling days away, a near majority (48%) of Americans oppose raising the debt ceiling without pairing it with cuts in government spending, including a majority of Independents (51%). This paired with the fact that inflation (31%) remains the top issue for Americans, it seems – to paraphrase the intrepid cultural commentator, Snoop Dogg – that Americans’ “minds are on their money and their money is on their mind.” 

Cygnal’s latest national poll offers valuable insights into the opinions and attitudes of Americans as the presidential election gears up. The full results of the May 2023 poll can be found in the analysis deck below. 

Likely 2024 general election voters nationwide were interviewed between May 16 – 18, 2023. This survey has a sample size of n2500 and a MoE of ±1.92%. Known registered voters were interviewed via online panel and text-to-web validated back to the voter file. 

EDITOR NOTE: Cygnal is the pollster for Vivek 2024.