Washington, DC, November 8, 2022– Election Day is here! Those who haven’t done so already will head out to the polls or to drop off last minute mail-in ballots today. This week’s Ipsos Core Political reveals much of the same that it has over the past few months now: Americans think the country is off on the wrong track, the economy is the country’s biggest problem, and over half of Americans disapprove of President Joe Biden’s performance in office so far.
Two-thirds of Americans (66%) believe things in this country are off on the wrong track, particularly Republicans (89%) and independents (65%). Only 19% of Americans feel optimistic about the direction of the country, saying it is headed in the right direction, while 14% are unsure.
Americans continue to be most concerned about the economy (30%), particularly Republicans (39%) and independents (29%) but it is the top issue for Democrats (22%) as well. Beyond the economy, Democrats are concerned about the end of national abortion rights (14%), the healthcare system (10%), crime or corruption (10%), and the environment and climate (10%). Meanwhile, Republicans place immigration (11%) second on their list of concerns, followed by crime or corruption (10%).Finally, independents consider the healthcare system (10%) the second most important issue, followed by public health disease and illness (8%).
Approval of President Joe Biden’s performance in office is at 39% this week while 57% disapprove.
President Biden retains the approval of 75% of Democrats, but only 31% of independents and 10% of Republicans.
With the midterm elections here, Americans are evenly split between saying they will vote for a Democratic (35%) candidate or a Republican (35%) candidate, while only 4% say they will vote for a third-party candidate. Yet, 14% still don’t know who they will vote for and 12% are not planning to vote.
As expected, the majority of partisans will vote for a member of their own party (86% of Democrats will vote for a Democratic candidate and 86% of Republicans will vote for a Republican candidate), while independents are most likely to be unsure (34%) or abstaining from voting (28%).
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between November 4-7, 2022. 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 424 Democrats, 390 Republicans, and 106 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 ± 5.8 percentage points for Democrats, ± 6.1 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 11.7 percentage points for independents.
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