Washington, DC, October 9, 2019 - While the White House declared on Tuesday that it will not cooperate with the investigation on President Donald Trump’s impeachment, public opinion on the proceedings has remained consistent. Almost half (45%) of Americans believe the president should be impeached, compared to 39% who believe he should not. Opinion on this issue falls along party lines – 4 in 5 Democratic registered voters (80%) believe the president should be impeached, compared to just 1 in 10 Republican registered voters (12%). More Independents oppose impeachment (44%) than support (28%) but over a quarter remain undecided (27%).
President Trump’s approval ratings remain unchanged from last week. Among all Americans, 39% approve of his job performance. Only 8% of registered Democratic voters feel he is handling his role as president well, compared to the majority of Republicans (82%) and a little over one third of independents (36%).
Most Americans feel that the country going off on the wrong track (58%). This sentiment also falls along partisan identity – over half of Republicans feel the country is going in the right direction, compared to 1 in 10 Democrats. Independents more or less reflect the views of Americans as a whole, with 20% who feel good about the way things are going, and 56% who do not.
With regards to the main problems facing the country, Americans continue to believe that healthcare (19%), immigration (13%), and the economy (12%) are the most important. Democrats continue to be most concerned by healthcare (25%), the environment (13%) and the economy in general (10%). A quarter of Republicans say that immigration is the most pressing, followed by the economy (14%) and terrorism (12%).
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between October 7-8, 2019 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 1,118 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 876 registered voters, 454 Democrats, 457 Republicans, and 113 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 ± 3.3 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 ± 5.2 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.2 percentage points for Republicans ± 10.5 percentage points for independents.
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