The Point Being: An Ipsos Audio Blog

A weekly podcast series by Ipsos’ U.S. Polling Team, where Chris Jackson discusses the core political numbers of the week.

The Point Being: An Ipsos Audio Blog

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  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs
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Episode 22, July 26, 2017 — This week, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood delve into the Reuters/Ipsos Core Political, focusing on healthcare and Congressional approval. They also cover Ipsos’ latest poll on Game of Thrones, exploring who Americans think will be the next to die.

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Episode 21, July 19, 2017 — This week, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explore opinions on American made goods, the latest Core Political data, and the confidence level of global consumers.

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Episode 20, July 12, 2017 — Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood discuss this week’s core political numbers, as well as the latest polls on net neutrality and Game of Thrones. On the Day of Action for net neutrality, Ipsos’ numbers reveal most American support net neutrality and believe many will benefit from it. Ahead of the Game of Thrones season 7 premier, Ipsos also found that most support Jon Snow taking over the Iron Throne.

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Episode 19, July 5, 2017 — This week, Chris Jackson breaks down the latest core political, focusing on healthcare and President Trump’s approval.

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Episode 18, June 28, 2017 — This week, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explore the latest core political numbers as well as perceptions of America’s greatness. Despite a strong campaign promise from the administration to ‘Make America Great Again,’ few agree on what that means.

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Episode 17, June 21, 2017 — This week on the Point Being, Phil Elwood and Chris Jackson discuss President Trump’s decreasing approval ratings and the priorities of the American people.

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Episode 16, May 31, 2017 — Chris Jackson breaks down this week’s Core Political, covering everything from healthcare reform to America’s main problems to President Trump’s approval. Diving into Congressional approval, it’s clear Trump’s is not the least popular person in Washington.

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Episode 15, May 24, 2017 — Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood break down this week’s Core Political, focusing on Trump’s foreign policy. They explore Trump’s dropping approval and its impact on his electoral victory probability.

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Episode 14, May 17, 2017 — This week, Chris Jackson explores President Trump’s latest scandals and their increasing impact on his approval numbers. Chris also delves into the latest Ipsos/Reuters release on the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

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Episode 13, May 3, 2017 — This week, Chris Jackson explores current public opinion on President Trump and the main issues facing Americans today. With little change from last week’s numbers, Trump’s approval remains low. Chris also covered Ipsos latest Global Trends release, focusing on materialism, as well as a brief discussion of the French election.

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Episode 12, April 26, 2017 — This week, Chris Jackson dives into the final week of Trump’s first 100 days. Now at his lowest approval rating since taking office, President Trump is struggling to maintain political capital necessary to pass large pieces of legislation like his recently released tax plan. Chris also explores public opinion on our latest NPR poll focused on taxes, where many Americans are in favor of tax increases on rich individuals and large companies.

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Episode 11, April 18, 2017 — This week in a special Tax Day edition, Chris Jackson discusses the Ipsos/NPR US Tax Policy poll as well as the core political. He explains that it’s not surprising that many Americans don’t understand the tax code, because a majority think it’s far too complicated. On the core political data, Chris explores what’s driving Trump’s job approval attributes.

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Episode 10, April 5, 2017 — This week, Chris Jackson and Erin Morris focus on trends since President Trump’s inauguration. Since his first week in office, concern over healthcare has grown, now a top issue for most Americans. Trump’s administration is now potentially planning to focus on the U.S. tax policy, an area Trump has consistently polled low on.

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Episode 9, March 29, 2017 — This week Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood are joined by Julia Clark. With the collapse of the Republican Obamacare alternative, Trump’s support has dipped overall, but especially how he is working with congress and his work on healthcare. Despite this fall, Trump’s numbers on jobs and the economy remain strong — topics he should focus on if he wants to raise his overall approval numbers.

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Episode 8, March 22, 2017 — Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explore congressional approval in this week’s episode of the Point Being. With the Republican’s latest health care plan on the Congressional floor this week, Ipsos polled Americans on whether they approve of their own congressperson and Congress as a whole.

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Episode 7, March 15, 2017 — This week, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood focus on the impact of the latest healthcare bill on public opinion. After experiencing a week of high approval following his speech to Congress, President Trump’s approval dipped again as he faces an uphill battle in Congress on the new bill.

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Episode 6, March 8, 2017 — This week, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood discuss the latest Core Political numbers, touching on Donald Trump’s perceived ‘truthiness.’ They delve into perceptions of benefitting from the presidency and other government jobs, and explore how ideology continues to fall cleanly along party lines.

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Episode 5, March 1, 2017 — Chris Jackson is joined by Eliza Brashares this week. As Trump’s approval numbers remained unchanged, Chris and Eliza discussed this consistency and what could drive a change in the numbers.

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Episode 4, February 22, 2017 — This week, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood explore Trump’s latest dip in the polls. Despite a strong start, Trump has lost a lot of the support he once enjoyed from Independents. In Ipsos’ latest numbers, not only are Independents less likely to approve of him, but also more likely to see the country as being on the wrong track.

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Episode 3, February 15, 2017 — This week, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood delve into the nonbinary approval of Trump, exploring where America stands on specific topics. Although Trump enjoys approval on his work on jobs, across the board, approval on his performance has dropped in this week’s Core Political. Additionally, our numbers reveal that there isn’t a central issue that Americans are focused on, but Republicans are consistently more concerned with immigration and terrorism.

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Episode 2, February 8, 2017 — In this week’s podcast series, Ipsos’ U.S. Polling Team, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood discuss the latest core political ratings, reactions to policy changes, and how President Trump’s ratings compare to Obama’s during the same period.

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Episode 1, February 1, 2017 — In the first of a new podcast series by Ipsos’ U.S. Polling Team, Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood discuss this week’s core political numbers. Chris Jackson noted this week that public opinion is evenly split down party lines, with equal numbers approving and disapproving of Trump’s job.

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  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs

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