Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (12/20/2017)

President Trump’s approval rating is now 35%

Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (12/20/2017)

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  • Clifford Young President, US, Public Affairs
  • Julia Clark Senior Vice President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington DC — With Congressional Republicans on the verge of passing the largest tax reform bill in decades on Wednesday, overall Congressional approval remains low (21%). Self-identified Democrats are particularly disapproving of Congress giving the institution a 16% approval rating. Rank and file Republicans are a little more positive, but even they only give Congress a 30% approval score. 

Echoing Congress, President Trump's approval rating also remains near its record low level, this week at 35%. However, Republicans continue to back the President in large numbers, currently at 76% approve. 

The broad antipathy to Congress and the President is potentially fueling Democratic disgruntlement to the tune of a 12-percentage point advantage on the 2018 generic Congressional ballot question. Currently, 39% of Americans would vote for a Democrat versus 27% voting for a Republican if the midterms were held today. 

Healthcare (17%), terrorism (15%), and the economy (11%) remain the top three issues facing the US today, with party lines continuing to dictate priorities. Nearly a quarter of Democrats (22%) believe healthcare is the most important problem facing the US, while a similar percentage of Republicans (23%) count terrorism as the most important.

About the Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters November December 15-19, 2017. For the survey, a sample of 2,492 Americans, including 1,089 Democrats, 764 Republicans, 336 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 2.2 percentage points for all adults, 3.4 percentage points for Democrats, 4.0 percentage points for Republicans, 6.1 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

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Clifford Young
President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs

Julia Clark
Senior Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs

Chris Jackson
Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs

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The author(s)

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

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