Ipsos Core Political : Presidential Approval Tracker (10/21/2021)

Americans believe President Biden should prioritize addressing the U.S. economy and COVID-19. Half approve of the work he is doing on COVID-19 so far.

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  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, October 21, 2021 – Americans believe President Biden should prioritize addressing the U.S. economy and COVID-19. Half approve of the work he is doing on COVID-19 so far.
Detailed Findings

Americans continue to be divided on what the most pressing issue facing the nation is. One in five say it is the economy and jobs (23%) and one in ten say public health and illness (13%), immigration (9%), or the healthcare system (9%).

Main issues Americans are facing

One out of five Democrats believes the economy (21%) is most important, while another 17% believe it is public health. Republicans agree that the economy (25%) is most important, but their second-highest concern is immigration (16%). One-quarter of independents also agree the economy is most important (25%), and immigration (14%) is also a top concern for them.

Main issues Americans are facing by party id

The proportion of Americans who disapprove of President Biden’s performance in office remains higher than those who approve this week, with 48% disapproving and 46% approving.

Biden Approval

Democrats remain largely loyal to President Biden, with 82% approving of his job as President, while only one-third (34%) of independents and 12% of Republicans do.

Biden Approval by party id

Americans want President Biden to prioritize the U.S. economy (40%) and COVID-19 (27%).

Priorities

Democrats are the ones pushing for the prioritization of COVID-19 (40%), while Republicans want the economy (55%) at the top of the agenda. Independents are split mostly between the U.S. economy (38%) and employment and jobs (34%).

Priorities by party id

Half of Americans approve of the way President Biden is currently handling the coronavirus pandemic (52%) and the environment (47%). Only one-third (34%) approve of his handling of corruption in the country.

Issue Approval

Democrats are the driving force behind Biden’s approval ratings, with Republicans rating him the lowest across all issues.

Issue Approval party id

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between October 20-21, 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 435 Democrats, 406 Republicans, and 80 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 ± 5.4 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.5 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 12.5 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]

Kate Silverstein
Media Relations, US
Public Affairs
+1 718 755-8829
[email protected]

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The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs

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