Washington, DC, January 13, 2022 – As the COVID-19 omicron variant surges throughout the United States, this week’s Ipsos’ Core Political finds that COVID-19 remains one of the top issues that Americans want President Joe Biden to prioritize. President Biden’s overall approval rating remains stable, but his approval rating on COVID-19 has dropped.
Americans are most likely to name the economy (22%) and public health (15%) as the top issues facing the U.S. today.
Republicans (30%) remain most concerned about the economy, with immigration taking a distant second place (12%). Meanwhile, Democrats and independents view public health (18% and 20% respectively) and the economy (17% and 16% respectively) as the most important issues.
President Biden’s approval rating remains at 45% this week.
Over three-quarters of Democrats (78%) approve of Biden’s performance in office, while one-third of independents (31%) and only 15% of Republicans do so.
In line with the economy and public health being the most pressing issues, Americans want Biden to prioritize the economy (41%) and COVID-19 (35%). COVID-19 has risen by five points since the last time this question was asked at the end of December (40%).
Both Democrats (42%) and independents (39%) believe COVID-19 should be one of Biden’s top priorities, followed by the economy (32% for both). Over half of Republicans (58%) believe the economy should be the top priority, followed by immigration (32%).
A little under half of Americans approve of the work Biden has done on COVID-19 (47%) and racial inequality (45%) so far. Americans are least likely to approve of his work on combatting corruption (34%) and taxation (36%).
While the majority of Democrats approve of Joe Biden’s work on all the issues, only about a third of independents and one-fifth of Republicans do. Biden receives his highest marks from both Democrats and Republicans for his work on COVID-19 (75% and 22% respectively) and racial inequality (73% and 22%). Independents give Biden his highest approval ratings for employment and jobs (42%) and COVID-19 (40%).
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between January 12-13, 2022. 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 426 Democrats, 390 Republicans, and 122 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 ± 5.4 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.7 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 10.1 percentage points for independents.
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