Washington, DC, October 7, 2021 – Americans are not in agreement on the most important issue facing the country, but the economy and unemployment is cited most frequently. President Joe Biden’s approval rating is creeping up from its lowest point in September.
Nearly a quarter of Americans say that the economy and unemployment is the most important problem facing the nation (22%), while just over one in ten say both public health, disease and illness (13%) and immigration (12%) are the most important issues for the country.
Republicans are most concerned about the economy and unemployment (27%), followed by immigration (23%). Democrats are split on the issues, with the economy and unemployment (16%) and public health, disease and illness (16%) tied for the most important issue. Democrats are also concerned with the environment (13%) and inequality and discrimination (13%). Independents cite the economy and unemployment (29%) as the most pressing issue, while 16% say it is public health.
President Biden’s approval rating stands at 48%, up four points from the lowest point of his presidency in mid-September (44%).
Republicans continue to be very critical of Biden’s performance – just 15% approve. Eighty-two percent of Democrats approve, while just 43% of independents do.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between October 6-7, 2021. 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 414 Democrats, 365 Republicans, and 136 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 ± 5.5 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.8 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 9.6 percentage points for independents.
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