Ipsos Core Political : Presidential Approval Tracker (07/07/2022)

This week’s Ipsos Core Political has President Biden with a 36% approval rating, as the economy remains the country’s most important problem and the one Americans want Biden to prioritize addressing.

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
  • Charlie Rollason Senior Research Analyst
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Washington, DC, July 7, 2022 – This week’s Ipsos Core Political has President Biden with a 36% approval rating, as the economy remains the country’s most important problem and the one Americans want Biden to prioritize addressing.

Detailed Findings

Seven in 10 Americans believe things in this country are off on the wrong track, with only a small minority (19%) believing they are heading in the right direction. Republicans (88%) and independents (68%) are most likely to believe things are off on the wrong track, but 55% of Democrats think so as well.

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Concern over the economy (33%) has risen five points since last week (28%) and continues to be the most important problem facing the country, followed by crime or corruption (11%), and the environment (6%).

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President Biden’s approval rating is at 36% this week, with 59% disapproving.

Biden Approval

Sixty-nine percent of Democrats approve of Biden’s work in office, followed by 24% of independents, and just 14% of Republicans. 

Biden Approval by party id

Most Americans want President Biden to prioritize handling the economy (57%), followed by a fifth who want him to prioritize employment and jobs (21%).

Priorities

All partisans are in agreement that President Biden should prioritize the economy above all other issues but disagree on subsequent priorities. After the economy, Democrats would like Biden to prioritize unifying the country (22%) and the environment (21%). Republicans would like him to prioritize immigration (29%), and independents want him to prioritize employment and jobs (27%).

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On the nation’s top issue, less than a third approve of the work Biden has done on the economy so far (30%). This represents an eighteen-point drop from this time last year (48% on July 15, 2021) and eleven points from the beginning of this year (41% on January 13, 2022). President Biden continues to receive his highest approval rating on his handling of COVID-19 (47%) but that approval has dropped 12 points since July of last year (59%). The environment (41%) is where Biden receives his second-highest approval rating but that too has dropped nine points since last year (50%).

Issue Approval

As expected, President Biden receives the highest approval ratings from his Democratic base, particularly for his work on COVID-19 (77%), the environment (69%), and employment/jobs (67%). However, only 54% of Democrats approve of his work on the economy, down twenty-six points from last year. Among independents, 19% approve of his handling of the economy now, down twenty-eight points from last year (47%).

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If the 2022 midterm elections were held today, 34% of Americans say they would vote for the Democratic candidate, while 35% say they would vote for the Republican candidate.

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About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between July 5-6, 2022. For this survey, a sample of 1,003 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 437 Democrats, 377 Republicans, and 132 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 ± 5.7 percentage points for Democrats, ± 6.2 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 10.4 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
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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
  • Charlie Rollason Senior Research Analyst

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