Ipsos Core Political : Presidential Approval Tracker (01/06/2022)

Americans are feeling more optimistic about the direction of the country one year out from the January 6th incident at the Capitol

The author(s)

  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, January 6, 2022 – On the one-year anniversary of the January 6th incident at the Capitol, Americans are more positive about the direction of the country than they were in the days immediately following January 6, 2021. President Joe Biden’s approval rating remains static.

The Ipsos Core Political following the January 6th incident found that just 15% of Americans felt the country was headed in the right direction, with Republicans (18%) and Democrats (18%) equally pessimistic. Today it is 26% of Americans, with Democrats (42%), and independents (30%) are more likely to say things are headed in the right direction than Republicans (10%).

right/wrong track

The economy (22%), public health (15%) and the healthcare system (10%), and the environment (9%) are the top issues for Americans. Concern for the environment has increased in the past year, from 3% last January to 9% now.

Main issues Americans are facing

One out of five (20%) Democrats believe public health is the most important problem facing the country today. It is followed by the economy (17%) and the healthcare system (14%). Meanwhile, for Republicans, the economy (30%) is the most pressing issue, followed by immigration (15%) as a distant second. Finally, independents agree with Republicans that the economy (20%) is most important.

Main issues Americans are facing by party id

President Biden’s approval rating stands at 45% this week, while his disapproval rating has crept up to 51%.

Biden Approval

Four out of five Democrats (81%) approve of Biden, but only 17% of Republicans and 39% of independents do. 

Biden Approval by party id

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between January 5-6, 2022. For this survey, a sample of 1,000 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 472 Democrats, 373 Republicans, and 98 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 ± 5.1 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.8 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 11.3 percentage points for independents.  

For more information on this news release, please contact:

Chris Jackson
Senior Vice President, US
Public Affairs
+1 202 420-2025
[email protected]

Kate Silverstein
Media Relations, US
Public Affairs
+1 718 755-8829
[email protected]

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The author(s)

  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs