Washington, DC, December 29, 2021 – A Reuters/Ipsos poll from earlier this month (Dec 13-17) found that over half of Americans (56%) believe the national economy and the country generally is headed in the wrong direction. This is driven primarily by Republicans (81%), but over half of independents (59% and 63% for each) agree as well. Forty percent of Americans blieve the Democratic party has the better plan for healthcare, compared to only 27% who believe it is Republicans. Over half of Republicans (54%) say they would support Trump as the Republican nominee for President in 2022, Ron DeSantis is a distant second at 11%, 14% say they aren’t sure. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of Americans say they are concerned about COVID-19, this includes 88% of Democrats, 58% of Republicans, and 71% of independents. The same proportion (73%) agree that inflation is a very big concern for her and 69% say the wealthiest Americans should pay higher taxes.
Forty percent of Americans believe the U.S. Congress is mostly dysfunctional, but occasionally can get things done. A third of Americans (32%) know that if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade it would results in laws governing abortion to be made at the state level, allowing it to remain legal in some states and become illegal in others. 16% believe abortion would become illegal in the U.S. immediately. Overall though, Americans are split over their opinions on abortion. One-quarter of Americans (25%) believe it should be illegal in most cases, while 26% believe it should be legal in most cases, and 23% believe it should be legal in all cases. 14% are unsure, and 12% (mostly Republicans (19%)) believe it should be illegal in all cases. They are also split on who should decide whether abortion is legal or not: 38% say the federal government, 34% say each state government, and 28% are unsure. Less than half (48%) approve of President Biden’s performance in office.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between December 13-17, 2021. For this survey, a sample of 4,407 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 2,048 Democrats, 1,592 Republicans, and 517 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 ± 1.7 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 ± 2.5 percentage points for Democrats, ± 2.8 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 5.2 percentage points for independents.
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