WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a cause why President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are spending a lot time…

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a cause why President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are spending a lot time attacking one another — individuals don’t suppose both man has a lot to brag about in relation to his personal file. Americans usually suppose that whereas they have been within the White House, each did extra hurt than good on key points.

But the two candidates have completely different weak spots. For Biden, it’s widespread unhappiness on two points: the financial system and immigration. Trump, in the meantime, faces an citizens the place substantial shares suppose he harmed the nation on a variety of points.

A brand new ballot from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that greater than half of U.S. adults suppose Biden’s presidency has harm the nation on cost of living and immigration, whereas almost half suppose Trump’s presidency harm the nation on voting rights and election safety, relations with foreign countries, abortion laws and local weather change.

“Considering the value of gasoline, the value of groceries, the financial system — I did very effectively throughout these 4 years,” Christina Elliott, 60, a Republican from Texas, mentioned of the Trump presidency. “I didn’t have to fret about filling up my tank or dropping half of my paycheck to the grocery retailer.”

Elliott wasn’t too eager on Trump’s dealing with of abortion and mentioned that in relation to the previous president’s rhetoric, “He simply must learn to be tactful and shut his mouth.”

“But apart from that, like I mentioned, I did very effectively in the course of the Trump years,” she added.

The polling underscores why sure points — resembling abortion for Biden and immigration for Trump — have been persistent focal factors for every of the campaigns. The former president recurrently decries the variety of asylum-seekers who’ve arrived within the U.S. underneath Biden, describing the situation in apocalyptic and darkish phrases. And Biden has gone on the offensive towards Trump on abortion, particularly after this week’s ruling from the Arizona Supreme Court that primarily criminalized the process within the state.

When requested which president did extra to assist individuals like them, roughly one-third say Donald Trump and about one-quarter say Joe Biden. Yet 30% of adults mentioned neither Biden nor Trump benefitted them. It’s one other information level reflecting an citizens that has been largely disappointed with this year’s general election choices, producing little enthusiasm amongst key elements of the Biden and Trump political coalitions.

Americans charge Biden significantly negatively on a number of particular points. Only about 2 in 10 Americans suppose Biden’s presidency helped “lots” or “a bit of” on price of dwelling, and 16% say that about immigration and border safety. Nearly 6 in 10 say his presidency harm lots or a bit of on these points. Nearly half, 46%, of Americans, in contrast, say that Trump’s presidency helped lots or a bit of on immigration or border safety. Four in 10 say it helped on price of dwelling.

Texas resident Trelicia Mornes, 36, mentioned she feels the Biden presidency has harm lots in relation to on a regular basis bills.

“Now that he’s within the workplace, the price of dwelling has spiked uncontrolled, and there’s nothing being performed about it,” Mornes, a Democrat, mentioned, pointing to rising prices of hire and meals. She mentioned she believes Biden can do extra, “He simply chooses to do different issues.”

The pandemic harm Trump by way of employment because the financial system misplaced 2.7 million jobs underneath his watch. But the pandemic lockdowns additionally dramatically curbed inflation. At the identical time, low rates of interest and historic ranges of deficit-funded authorities stimulus left many households feeling higher off underneath Trump.

Coming out of the pandemic, Biden gave the financial system a lift with extra support that helped spur job positive factors of 15.2 million underneath his watch. But provide chain points, Russia’s conflict in Ukraine and Biden’s support package deal are judged by many economists as having contributed to rising inflation, hurting the Democrat’s approval scores.

Trump’s benefit on the price of dwelling and immigration is pushed partially by Democrats’ lack of enthusiasm about Biden’s efficiency. About one-third of Democrats, for instance, suppose Biden’s presidency harm on price of dwelling, and one other third suppose Biden neither helped nor harm. Just one-third of Democrats suppose Biden’s presidency helped on price of dwelling. About 3 in 10 Democrats suppose Biden’s presidency helped on immigration and border safety, an identical share suppose his presidency harm, and about 4 in 10 suppose it made no distinction.

Nadia Stepicheva, 38, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, is sad with how Biden has dealt with immigration.

“The drawback is, I actually don’t like unlawful kind of immigration,” Stepicheva mentioned. She thinks that individuals who enter the U.S., even when they arrive in illegally, must be allowed to work in order that taxpayer {dollars} aren’t used to look after them and home them.

Stepicheva mentioned she has all the time leaned in favor of Democrats and the get together’s insurance policies, “But the final 4 years, I really feel prefer it’s getting an excessive amount of by way of cash spent for immigration, forgiving all these pupil loans.” She mentioned she’s torn by way of who she is going to vote for this November.

But independents additionally charge Biden low on these points: Nearly 6 in 10 independents say Biden’s presidency has harm the nation on price of dwelling. About 4 in 10 independents say Biden’s presidency has harm the nation in relation to the price of well being care and relations with different nations.

Trump has a special drawback.

The former president doesn’t have any asked-about points the place greater than half of Americans suppose he did extra to harm issues than to assist, however the general sense of hurt is considerably broader. Nearly half of Americans suppose his presidency did extra to harm than assistance on local weather change, voting rights and election safety, abortion legal guidelines and relations with international nations.

Catherine Scott, a Republican who not too long ago moved to New York from Florida, mentioned she discovered Trump’s method to international coverage significantly regarding.

“I perceive that some individuals actually admire Trump’s capability to be a spitfire and simply say no matter is on the prime of his thoughts,” mentioned Scott, 30. But, pointing to Trump’s complimentary feedback towards autocrats like Russian President Vladimir Putin, Scott mentioned, “I don’t suppose he has all of the foresight to know that may not all the time be the factor to do.”

The finest challenge for each Biden and Trump general is job creation. Trump has a small edge right here: Nearly half say his presidency helped, whereas 36% say Biden’s presidency helped. About half of Americans additionally suppose Trump’s presidency helped on immigration and 4 in 10 suppose his presidency helped on price of dwelling.

On each different challenge, the share of Americans who say that Biden or Trump helped the nation lots or a bit of is round 3 in 10 or much less. But Republicans, general, are likely to see extra of a profit from Trump’s presidency than Democrats do from Biden’s — even on points the place Biden has labored to focus on his victories.

For instance, solely about half of Democrats say that Biden’s presidency has helped on local weather change or the price of well being care. On abortion legal guidelines, 77% of Democrats suppose that Trump’s presidency was at the very least a bit of dangerous, however solely about 4 in 10 say that Biden’s presidency helped lots or a bit of, and an identical share suppose Biden’s presidency hasn’t made a distinction.

Meanwhile, round 8 in 10 Republicans say that Trump’s presidency helped on immigration and border safety, creating jobs and value of dwelling.

The ballot of 1,204 adults was carried out April 4-8, 2024, utilizing a pattern drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be consultant of the U.S. inhabitants. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.9 proportion factors.

Associated Press author Josh Boak contributed to this report.

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