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Washington, DC — This week’s Reuters/Ipsos data finds a notable shift among Republicans, who are increasingly pessimistic about the state of the country. In an eight-point jump from last week (up from 35%), 43% of Republicans now say the country is off on the wrong track. Conversely, 43% (down from 52% last week) believe the country is heading in the right direction. Overall, two thirds of Americans (66%) now believe the US is on the wrong track, with one in five (21%) saying we’re heading in the right direction.
As terrorism continues to dominate the news cycle, more Americans (17%) are labeling it as the most important problem facing the US today. It’s followed by healthcare (15%) and the economy (9%). Issues of top concern fall along party lines, with Republicans (24%) significantly more concerned about terrorism than both Democrats (13%) and Independents (16%). Similarly, Democrats (18%) rank healthcare as their top priority, while it remains in second place for Republicans (13%) and Independents (15%).
President Trump’s approval is now at 36%, remaining significantly higher than Congress’s approval rating at 21%.
About the Study
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters August 18-22, 2017. For the survey, a sample of 2,744 Americans, including 1,114 Democrats, 973 Republicans, 344 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 2.1 percentage points for all adults, 3.3 percentage points for Democrats, 3.6 percentage points for Republicans, 6.0 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 http://polling.reuters.com/.
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