Biden bounce: Up with Democrats and independents, catching Trump

President Joe Biden appears to have stopped his bleeding in the 2024 election polls, likely helped by indications the economy is also bouncing back.

In a just-released Emerson College Polling survey, the president’s approval rating increased a point to 42%, and his disapproval rating fell 5, to 46% from 51%. His bumbled handling of the border crisis, however, appears to be blocking a bigger poll recovery.

In a head-to-head challenge with his likely election foe, former President Donald Trump, Biden has caught up. In the new survey, Trump has a slight edge, 46%-45%.

“Since December, Trump’s support decreased one point from 47% to 46%, while Biden’s increased two points from 43% to 45%,” the poll analysis said.

The change appears to be due to an increase in support for Biden among independent voters and an improving
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