Ipsos Core Political: Presidential Approval Tracker (10/28/2021)

Americans are divided on the most important problem facing the country.

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  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Neil Lloyd Senior Research Analyst, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, October 28, 2021 – In the latest edition of the Ipsos Core Political, most Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction. The economy and jobs continues to be the most important issue for about one in five Americans, followed by public health, immigration and the healthcare system.

Three in five Americans say the country is headed off on the wrong track (60%), while just a quarter (26%) say things are headed in the right direction. Democrats (48%) are much more likely than Republicans (9%) to view the direction of the country positively. Independents share the grim Republican outlook, with 64% reporting things are headed off on the wrong track.

right/wrong track

The economy and jobs is the most important issue for about one in five Americans (22%), while public health and disease (12%), immigration (11%) and the healthcare system (11%) are each top issues for about one in ten Americans

Main issues Americans are facing

Democrats are nearly evenly split between public health and disease (16%), the economy and jobs (15%), and the healthcare system (12%) as the most important issues facing the country. A quarter of Republicans (27%) view the economy and unemployment as the most important issue, followed by immigration (20%).

Main issues Americans are facing by party id

Forty-four percent of Americans approve of the way Joe Biden is handling his job as president.

Biden Approval

Just one in ten Republicans (12%) approve of how Biden is handling his job, while three-quarters of Democrats feel the same (77%). About two in five independents approve of Biden’s job performance (40%).

Biden Approval by party id

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between October 27-28, 2021. For this survey, a sample of 1,005 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 381 Democrats, 374 Republicans, and 153 independents. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. The poll also has a credibility interval of ± 5.7 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.8 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 9.0 percentage points for independents.  

For more information on this news release, please contact:

Chris Jackson
Senior Vice President, US
Public Affairs
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[email protected]

Kate Silverstein
Media Relations, US
Public Affairs
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The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Neil Lloyd Senior Research Analyst, Public Affairs

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