Ipsos Core Political : Presidential Approval Tracker (12/02/2021)

President Biden's approval rating remains stable as the economy and healthcare system top the list of most pressing issues.

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
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Washington, DC, December 2, 2021 – Americans are feeling increasingly unsure about the direction of the country as the economy and healthcare system top the list of most pressing issues.

The proportion of Democrats who believe the country is headed in the right direction has dropped seven percentage points since the end of October, while the proportion who are unsure has risen five points and those who believe it is off on the wrong track has risen three points. Republicans' and independents’ attitude on the direction of the country remains stable but grim. Overall, the proportion of Americans who believe the country is headed in the right direction dropped two points.

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Americans are most concerned about the economy (21%), the healthcare system (11%), public health (10%), and crime or corruption (9%).

Main issues Americans are facing

Over a quarter of Republicans (26%) and independents (30%) are most concerned about the economy, while for Democrats, the economy (15%) is tied for first place with the healthcare system (15%). Public health (14%) and the environment (14%) follow closely behind for Democrats. For Republicans, immigration (18%) is the second most important issue, while for independents it is the healthcare system (11%).

Main issues Americans are facing by party id

President Biden’s approval rating is at 46% this week.  

Biden Approval

A little over three-quarters of Democrats (77%) approve of Biden, while only 1 out of 10 (14%) and 2 out of 5 (40%) independents do.   

Biden Approval by party id

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between December 1-2, 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 409 Democrats, 384 Republicans, and 117 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, ± 5.7 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]

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

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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

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