Washington, DC - Following the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, President Donald Trump’s approval rating remains steady, at 40% among all Americans. However, 10% of Americans perceive crime as the number one issue facing America, a 4-point increase from the beginning of the year. Despite the school shooting, healthcare (16%) continues to be the number one issue in the public’s mind, followed by terrorism (12%) and the economy in general (12%).
Americans continue to disapprove the way their congressperson is handling their job. Just four in ten Americans (39%) approve of their congressperson’s job performance, a 6-point decrease since last week. This drop was driven largely by Republicans (49%) and Independents (25%), whose approval of their congressperson dropped 7-points and 5-points respectively. Forty-three percent of Democrats approve of their congressperson. Just one in five Americans (19%) approve of Congress as a whole, a 4-point decrease since last week.
Democrats continue to lead in the 2018 generic congressional ballot, with 38% of Americans stating that they would vote for the Democratic candidate if the elections for U.S. Congress were held today. Just 30% of Americans would vote for the Republican candidate.
About the Study
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters February 16 -20, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 1,104 Americans, including 445 Democrats, 383 Republicans, 141 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 3.4 percentage points for all adults, 5.3 percentage points for Democrats, 5.7 percentage points for Republicans, 9.4 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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