Washington, DC, July 8, 2021 – The economy remains Americans’ top concern while approval for President Biden is at 52% this week and remains higher than any approval rating former President Trump received while in office.
Half of Americans believe the country is off on the wrong track, while a little over a third believe it is heading in the right direction. Republicans (81%) and independents (62%) are most likely to believe we are off on the wrong track while Democrats (60%) are more likely to say we are heading in the right direction.
Americans continue to believe the economy (21%) is the most important problem facing the U.S. today. The health care system is in second place at 11%, with crime or corruption in third at 9%, and immigration at 9% as well.
Democrats believe the economy and the healthcare system are the most important problems facing the nation (16% for both), followed by inequality and discrimination (14%). One-quarter of Republicans believe the economy is the most important problem, followed by immigration (17%). The top two issues for independents are the same although they are more divided on the issues, with the economy (22%) as most concerning, followed by immigration (11%).
Over half of the population continues to approve of how President Biden is handling his job.
President Biden’s approval continues to be driven by strong support from Democrats, with 9 in 10 approving. Approval among Republicans (13%) and independents (44%) remains low.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between July 7-8, 2021. 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 437 Democrats, 375 Republicans, and 102 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 ± 5.3 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.8 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 11.1 percentage points for independents.
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