Ipsos Core Political : Presidential Approval Tracker (05/11/2022)

This week’s Ipsos’ Core Political illustrates the decreased support President Joe Biden has seen over the past year.

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, May 11, 2022 – This week’s Ipsos’ Core Political illustrates the decreased support President Joe Biden has seen over the past year as Americans’ concern over the economy increases and their approval of the way Biden has been handling it decreases. Today, 42% of Americans approve of President Biden’s performance in office, compared to 56% this time last year.
 

Detailed Findings

Three in five (62%) Americans believe things in this country are off on the wrong track, including 88% of Republicans, 58% of independents, and 41% of Democrats.

right/wrong track

All partisans agree that the economy (28%) is the most important issue facing the country, a five-point increase from this time last year. A quarter (24%) of Democrats say the economy is the biggest issue, followed by the environment and climate (14%) the healthcare system (10%), and inequality and discrimination (10%). Independents are also most concerned about the economy (23%), followed by the environment (10%) and the healthcare system (9%). Finally, 38% of Republicans are concerned about the economy, but only 4% and 5% of Republicans are concerned about the environment and the healthcare system, respectively. Instead, immigration (13%) and crime or corruption (9%) round out their top three issues.  

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Forty-two percent of Americans approve of President Biden, while 50% disapprove. This time last year, 56% of Americans approved.

Biden Approval

The large majority of Democrats (82%) continue to approve of President Biden, while only a third (34%) of independents and 11% of Republicans do.

Biden Approval by party id

Most Americans (52%) want President Biden to prioritize addressing the economy, followed by 19% who say employment and jobs should be prioritized and 17% who say immigration.  

Priorities

A closer look at the country’s priorities by partisanship reveals it is Republicans pushing for President Biden to address immigration (34%), compared to only 6% of Democrats and 12% of independents. All agree the economy should be the first priority though, with 65% of Republicans, 48% of independents, and 44% of Democrats saying so.

Priorities by party id

Half of Americans (50%) approve of Biden’s work on COVID-19; this represents a 13-point drop in approval from this time last year (63%). Biden receives his second-highest approval for the environment (45%) which has also dropped nine points since last year (54%). Biden sees his largest dip in approval for the economy. Only 38% of Americans currently approve of his work on the economy, a 15-point drop compared to last year.

Issue Approval

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between May 9-10, 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 452 Democrats, 366 Republicans, and 112 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 ± 3.8 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 ± 5.6 percentage points for Democrats, ± 6.3 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]

Annaleise Lohr
Director, US
Public Affairs
[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

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