Ipsos Core Political : Presidential Approval Tracker (08/03/2022)

This week’s Ipsos Core Political has President Biden with a 38% approval rating, and 69% of Americans say things in this country are off on the wrong track. The economy remains the nation’s most important problem and the issue Americans want Biden to prioritize.

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, August 3, 2022 – This week’s Ipsos Core Political has President Biden with a 38% approval rating, and 69% of Americans say things in this country are off on the wrong track. The economy remains the nation’s most important problem and the issue Americans want Biden to prioritize.
Detailed Findings

Seven in 10 Americans (69%) say things in this country are off on the wrong track, with only 19% saying they are headed in the right direction. Republicans (88%) and independents (72%) are most likely to believe things are off on the wrong track, but 50% of Democrats believe so as well.

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Americans continue to consider the economy (33%) as the nation’s most important problem. The healthcare system (9%) and the environment (9%) are tied at a distant second place, followed by crime or corruption (7%) in third place. For Democrats, a similar order appears: the economy (26%), then the environment (15%), and then the healthcare system (12%). For Republicans, it is the economy (39%), then immigration (11%), and then crime or corruption (9%). Finally, 42% of independents say the economy is most important, followed by a two-way tie between the healthcare system (7%) and terrorism/extremism (7%), and rounded out with the environment (6%) in third place.

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President Biden’s approval rating is at 38% this week, with 57% disapproving.

Biden Approval

Seventy-two percent of Democrats approve of Biden’s work in office, but only 31% of independents and 10% of Republicans approve.  

Biden Approval by party id

Most Americans want President Biden to prioritize addressing the economy (59%), followed by 22% who would like him to prioritize employment and jobs.

Priorities

All partisans are in agreement that President Biden should prioritize the economy, with Republicans (66%) and independents (64%) most likely to say so. After that, Democrats are more likely to want Biden to prioritize the environment (30%) while Republicans would like him to prioritize immigration (34%). For independents, employment and jobs (26%) is the second priority.

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Forty-nine percent of Americans approve of the work Biden has been doing on COVID-19, declining by five points since this time last year (54% on August 12, 2021). On the environment, his approval has dropped to 41% from 49% last year. He sees his biggest dips in approval for his work on unifying the country (31%, down 15 points (46%) from last year) and the economy (31%, down 16 points (47%) from last year).

Issue Approval

Democrats are still most likely to support President Biden’s work on the nation’s issues, giving him the highest marks for COVID-19 (81%) and the environment (72%). Republicans are least likely to approve of President Biden’s work on inflation (7%) and corruption (9%). Independents land somewhere in the middle with their highest approval coming in for COVID-19 (40%) and their lowest for the economy (18%).

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When asked about the upcoming November 2022 Congressional election, 35% of Americans say they are likely to vote for the Democratic candidate, while 33% say they would vote for the Republican candidate. Ten percent say they do not plan to vote.

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About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between August 1-2, 2022. For this survey, a sample of 1,004 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 451 Democrats, 347 Republicans, and 137 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, ± 6.4 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 10.3 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
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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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