Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (04/26/2017)

In the latest Reuters/Ipsos Core Political, Americans remain pessimistic about the current state of the country.

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  • Clifford Young President, US, Public Affairs
  • Julia Clark Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC — In the final week of President Trump’s first 100 days, Americans remain pessimistic about the current state of the country. Over half of Americans (55%) still believe the country is on the wrong track, with less than a third believing we are heading in the right direction (29%). The divide is down party lines, with nearly 8 in 10 Democrats (78%) believing we’re on the wrong track as opposed to 56% of Republicans who believe we’re heading in the right direction.

Despite a strong media push around the productivity of his first 100 days, President Trump’s job approval is at the lowest it’s been since he took office (41%). His approval is especially low on some key issues, including taxation where he has only 40% approval - though this number will likely change depending on his recently released tax plan. His handling of the environment (35%), corruption (38%) and dealing with Congress (41%) are similarly low. On the other hand, some of his positions are more well-received: he has maintained his highest approval on dealing with ISIS/ISIL (52%), employment and jobs (50%), and the US economy (47%). 

With an increase in global terror attacks, concern over terrorism has grown to be a top priority among Americans, now at 15%. Close behind, the economy (12%) and healthcare (13%) are also on Americans’ minds as major priorities. Democrats are most concerned about healthcare (16%), likely because the Trump administration is still pursuing healthcare reform.

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These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters April 21-25, 2017 For the survey, a sample of 2,165 Americans, including 946 Democrats, 780 Republicans, 247 Independents ages 18+ were interviewed online. The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points for all adults, 3.6 percentage points for Democrats, 4.0 percentage points for Republicans, 7.1 percentage points for Independents. For more information about credibility intervals, please see the appendix.

The data were weighted to the U.S. current population data by gender, age, education, and ethnicity. Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Figures marked by an asterisk (*) indicate a percentage value of greater than zero but less than one half of one per cent. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. To see more information on this and other Reuters/Ipsos polls, please visit

For more information on this news release please contact:

Clifford Young
President, US Public Affairs
Ipsos Public Affairs

Julia Clark
Senior Vice President
Ipsos Public Affairs

Chris Jackson
Vice President
Ipsos Public Affairs

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The author(s)

  • Clifford Young President, US, Public Affairs
  • Julia Clark Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs

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