Ipsos Core Political : Presidential Approval Tracker (02/03/2022)
Washington, DC, February 3, 2022 – This week’s Ipsos’ Core Political shows that Americans remain divided about the main problem facing the nation, with crime and corruption concerning more Americans than at the beginning of the year. Over half of Americans report disapproval of Joe Biden’s presidential performance.
As was seen a couple of weeks ago when Ipsos last asked this question, nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the country is off on the wrong track, a sentiment felt most strongly by Republicans (86%) and independents (67%).
Remaining unchanged from last week, a quarter of Americans say they view the economy, unemployment and jobs as the most important issue facing the country (25%). Also unchanged is the concern for public health, disease and illness which is a top priority for 12% of Americans. This week crime and corruption (10%) overtakes the health care system (8%) as one of the most important problems to Americans and is up four points from the beginning of the year (6%).
Just over one-third of independents (34%) report that the economy is the most important problem. One-quarter (26%) of Republicans are also most concerned with the economy. While it is still the top issue for Republicans, it is a decrease of five points from last week (31%). In contrast, just under one in five (18%) Democrats think the economy is the most important problem. More Republicans are concerned with immigration than in previous weeks (18%) and cite this as a top issue while only 1% of Democrats and 3% of independents do. Democrats are split between the healthcare system (14%) and public health and disease (15%) as their next most important issue. Similarly, independents are evenly split with one in ten citing public health and disease (10%) and crime or corruption (10%) as a top issue.
American’s increasing disapproval of Joe Biden’s job performance is apparent this week as just under three in five report disapproving of his performance (56%), up six points from last week (50%). Just 41% of Americans approve of his job performance, the lowest rating for the Ipsos tracker since he was inaugurated.
Waning support among Democrats is driving Biden’s lower approval ratings this week, with an 11 point drop from last week (82%) to 71% this week. Republicans remain extremely critical of Biden, with just 14% reporting they approve. Independents are also dissatisfied, with just one-third (34%) approving this week.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between February 2-3, 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 443 Democrats, 377 Republicans, and 108 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 ± 5.3 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.8 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 10.8 percentage points for independents.
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