Washington, DC, September 21, 2022 – This week’s Ipsos Core Political sees President Joe Biden’s approval rating at 39% for the third week in a row.
Only 1 in 5 Americans (21%) believe things in this country are headed in the right direction, while two-thirds (67%) believe they are off on the wrong track. The majority of Republicans (88%) and independents (72%) say things are off on the wrong track, and 46% of Democrats believe so as well.
The nation’s top four issues this week are the economy (27%), crime or corruption (8%), the healthcare system (8%), and the environment and climate (8%). For Democrats, the economy (20%) is the top issue, followed closely behind by the environment and climate (15%) and the end of national abortion rights (15%). For independents, the economy (26%) is also at the top, followed by crime or corruption (11%) and morality (9%). Finally, for Republicans, the economy (38%) is also the most important problem, with immigration (13%) as a distant secondary concern.
President Joe Biden’s approval rating holds steady again this week, with 39% of Americans approving of his performance in office while 57% disapprove.
Democrats (76%) are still more likely to approve of President Biden’s performance in office while only 28% of independents and 13% of Republicans approve.
When considering who they will vote for in the upcoming November 2022 midterm election, 34% of Americans say they are most likely to vote for the Democratic candidate, while 33% say the Republican candidate. One in 10 (12%) say they do not plan to vote and 15% are unsure. Only 5% say they are planning to vote for a candidate from another party. One-third of independents (33%) say they are unsure about who they will vote for in the upcoming midterms and 26% say they do not plan to vote.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between September 19-20, 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 419 Democrats, 381 Republicans, and 129 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 ± 5.9 percentage points for Democrats, ± 6.1 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 10.6 percentage points for independents.
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