Ipsos Core Political: Presidential Approval Tracker (11/16/2022)
The economy remains the top issue for Americans and President Biden's job approval rating is 37% one week after midterm elections
Washington, DC, November 16, 2022 This week’s Ipsos’ Core Political shows just one in five Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction, with the economy continuing to be the most important problem facing the country. Just under two in five Americans approve of the job Joe Biden is doing as president.
Following the midterm elections last week, just 22% of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction, while 66% say the country is off on the wrong track and 12% say they don’t know. Just 7% of Republicans say the country is headed in the right direction compared to 88% who say things are off on the wrong track. Democrats are much more likely to say the country is headed in the right direction (42%) than Republicans (7%) and independents (17%).
The economy remains the top issue for one third of Americans (33%), followed by crime and corruption (10%), and immigration (8%). While Democrats (25%), Republicans (43%) and independents (37%) are all most likely to say the economy is the main problem facing the country, Republicans and independents are much more likely to do so than Democrats. Democrats’ next top priority problem is the environment (14%), where just 1% of Republicans agree that the environment is a top concern. Republicans cite immigration (13%) as the next most important problem after the economy.
Thirty-seven percent of Americans approve of Joe Biden’s performance as president, while 57% disapprove of his performance.
Looking at presidential approval by partisanship, Democrats (76%) continue to support the president, but by lower numbers than they did at the beginning of his administration when nine in ten Democrats approved of his performance. Republicans remain in opposition to the president; with just 8% reporting they approve of how he is performing. One in four independents (25%) approves.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between November 14-15, 2022. 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 450 Democrats, 368 Republicans, and 111 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, ± 6.3 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 11.4 percentage points for independents.
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