Ipsos Core Political Survey: Presidential Approval Tracker (10/14/2021)

One quarter of Americans believe the country is heading in the right direction

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  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Neil Lloyd Senior Research Analyst, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, October 14, 2021 – This week’s Core Political survey finds a majority of Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction. The concern that is most top of mind for Americans is the economy, followed public health and illness. President Joe Biden’s approval rating remains stable.

Just 27% of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction and nearly three in five say the country is off on the wrong track (58%). About half of Democrats are optimistic about the direction of the country (48%), while just 13% of Republicans and independents feel the same way.

right/wrong track

Americans are divided on what is the most pressing issue facing the nation. One in five say it is the economy and jobs (21%) and one in ten say public health and illness (13%) and immigration (9%).

Main issues Americans are facing

Democrats, like the general public, are split on their priorities, with public health (17%), the economy (14%), and the environment and climate (14%) all top of mind. Republicans say the economy and jobs is the most pressing issue (26%), followed by immigration (16%).

Main issues Americans are facing by party id

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

Biden Approval

Democrats continue to support President Biden (81% approve), while Republicans are critical of Biden’s performance (just 15% approve).

Biden Approval by party id

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between October 13-14, 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 418 Democrats, 398 Republicans, and 98 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, ± 5.6 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 11.3 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)

  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Neil Lloyd Senior Research Analyst, Public Affairs

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