Washington DC — Following a three-day Federal Government shutdown, President Trump’s approval rating stands at 37% among all Americans, down from 41% early this year. Congressional approval also dropped five points to 18% in the wake of the government shutdown. Democrats are more critical of Congress as a whole (14% approve) than Republicans (24%). Just a fifth of Independents (21%) approve of Congress. Americans continue to be more lenient when evaluating their individual representative, with 44% approving of their individuals in the House and Senate. Independents are most critical, with just one-third (34%) approving of their representatives, compared to over half (55%) of Republicans and nearly half (46%) of Democrats.
Americans report they would be more likely to vote for a Democrat candidate (38%) for Congress if the November midterm election were held today, compared to 30% who would vote for a Republican. Independents lean slightly toward voting for a Democrat (18%) compared to a Republican (14%) or a candidate from another party (13%).
Healthcare (18%), the economy (14%) and terrorism (11%) continue to be the top three concerns of Americans. Republicans and Democrats prioritize problems differently, with Republicans viewing immigration (16%), terrorism (16%), and healthcare (15%) as their top concerns. While Democrats view healthcare (24%), the economy (12%) as the top issues facing America.
About the Study
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters January 19-23, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 2,981 Americans, including 1,224 Democrats, 1,043 Republicans, 399 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 2.0 percentage points for all adults, 3.2 percentage points for Democrats, 3.5 percentage points for Republicans, 5.6 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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