Washington, DC, August 17, 2022 – This week’s Ipsos Core Political has President Biden with a 38% approval rating and finds the majority of Americans saying things in this country are off on the wrong track.
Seven in 10 Americans say things in this country are off on the wrong track, with only 20% saying things are heading in the right direction. Around this time last year, 59% of Americans thought things were off on the wrong track, showing an 11-point increase in pessimism since mid-August 2021.
The economy (29%) continues to be the most important problem facing the nation, followed by crime or corruption (10%) in a distant second place. This time last year though, only 18% of Americans thought the economy was the most important problem, with public health (14%) in second place. For Democrats, the top issues are the economy (22%), the environment (13%), and then crime or corruption (10%). For Republicans, the top three issues are the economy (38%), immigration (14%), and then crime or corruption (9%). Finally, for independents, the top issues are the economy (29%), crime or corruption (10%), and the healthcare system (9%).
President Biden’s approval rating is at 38% this week, an eight-point drop from this time last year when he was at a 46% approval rating.
Three-quarters of Democrats approve of Biden’s work in office, but only 28% of independents and 13% of Republicans approve. This time last year 81% of Democrats approved of Biden’s performance in office, showing a 6-point drop in the last year.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between August 15-16, 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 436 Democrats, 367 Republicans, and 135 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 ± 10.3 percentage points for independents.
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