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Inflation and immigration rank among Americans' top issue concerns for the country when asked about national problems in March.

Sharply more Americans than in January name immigration as the most important problem facing the U.S. The issue ranks first on the list.

Biden's overall job rating has slipped to 38%, and his ratings on immigration, the Israel-Hamas situation, foreign affairs and the economy are even lower.

Biden enters 2024 with a persistently low job approval rating of 39%, the worst of any modern-day president seeking reelection at the same point.

A 39% plurality of Americans say the border situation is a crisis, and 33% consider it to be a major problem. Most Americans have sympathy for migrants.

Americans support immigration, generally. They also view immigrants positively for their cultural contributions but have concerns about their impact on drug and crime issues.

Americans' views of national conditions remain sour, with 18% satisfied with the way things are going and the Economic Confidence Index holding at -43.

Americans' perspectives on what's ailing the country most were largely steady in April, except for sharp increases in those mentioning crime and guns.

President Joe Biden remains underwater in his overall job approval and ratings of his handling of six issues. His handling of the coronavirus response is the only issue on which he earns majority-level approval.

Americans' satisfaction with the level of immigration into the U.S. was already low, but it has now has fallen to the lowest in a decade. More are dissatisfied because they want immigration decreased, but a wide partisan gulf persists.

How many more people from Latin America could be coming to the southern U.S. border? And what message is U.S. leadership sending to them?

Registered voters rate the economy as the most important factor influencing their vote this midterm election cycle, but abortion and crime are close behind.

Read a review of where the American public stands on gun control, immigration, and climate change.

After hitting a new low in July, President Joe Biden's job approval rating is up six points to 44%, mostly because of independents' higher approval.

Americans offer mixed guidance on the future of immigration, although slightly more now say they want it decreased than increased. The shift is driven by Republicans.

Americans' support for admitting Ukrainian refugees smashes historical Gallup records since 1939.

With emergency powers limiting border entries about to end, Republicans are highly concerned about illegal immigration, while Democrats are not.

A 58% majority of Americans are dissatisfied with the level of immigration into the U.S. today, and 34% are satisfied. Those dissatisfied are over four times more likely to say it should be decreased than increased.

Americans' satisfaction with a variety of aspects of U.S. life and public policy areas remains depressed from 2020, with many declining further since 2021.

Americans' confidence in the economy continues to weaken, and their mentions of economic issues as the nation's top problem are rising. Meanwhile, a record-high 74% now say it is a good time to find a quality job.