Ipsos Core Political Survey: Presidential Approval Tracker (08/31/2022)

This week’s Ipsos Core Political has President Joe Biden with a 38% approval rating, and over two-thirds of Americans believe things in this country are off on the wrong track.

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
  • Charlie Rollason Senior Research Analyst
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Washington, DC, August 31, 2022 – This week’s Ipsos Core Political has President Joe Biden with a 38% approval rating and over two-thirds of Americans believe things in this country are off on the wrong track.
Detailed Findings

Sixty-nine percent of Americans believe things in this country are off on the wrong track, which represents a 10-point increase in pessimism since this time last year ( 59%). Among Democrats, 51% believe the country is off on the wrong track, 12 points higher than this time last year (39%). Among independents, 73% say the country is off on the wrong track (+11 points from last year), while 87% of Republicans say the same (+7 points from this time last year).

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The economy (29%) is the most important problem to Americans, followed by crime or corruption (9%), the environment and climate (8%), and the healthcare system (6%). For Democrats, the order of importance is the economy (24%), the environment (13%), the end of national abortion rights (11%), and crime or corruption (9%). Among Republicans it is the economy (34%), crime or corruption (11%), immigration (11%), and morality (8%). Finally, among independents, the economy is also the top concern (30%), followed by the environment (12%), and the healthcare system (8%).

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President Biden’s approval rating is at 38% this week, with 58% disapproving.

Biden Approval

Seventy-five percent of Democrats approve of Biden’s work in office, but only 31% of independents and 10% of Republicans approve.  

Biden Approval by party id

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between August 29-30, 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 449 Democrats, 357 Republicans, and 128 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, ± 6.4 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 10.6 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]

Annaleise Lohr
Director, US
Public Affairs
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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
  • Charlie Rollason Senior Research Analyst

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