Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (2/28/2018)

President Trump's approval ratings remain steady at 40%, while Chief of Staff, John F. Kelly, has moved up to number two on the Wh'Exit poll.

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  • Clifford Young President, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, D.C. - Following another tumultuous week inside the White House, President Trump’s approval rating remains steady at 40 percent among all Americans. Chief of Staff, John F. Kelly, has moved up to number two on the Ipsos Wh’Exit poll, with 14 percent reporting that they believe he will be the next to resign or be terminated. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, remains at the top of the Wh’Exit poll, with 15 percent reporting that they believe he will be the next to exit the administration.  

Healthcare (15%) continues to be top-of-mind when Americans consider the nation’s biggest problems. Terrorism (13%) and the economy (11%) are not far behind. Party lines continue to determine what Americans find to be the most pressing issues.  Republicans continue to view terrorism as the nation’s most important problem (17%), followed by immigration (16%). Democrats view healthcare (21%) as the nation’s biggest problem by far, “other” issues (12%) and terrorism (11%) come in as a distant second and third place, respectively. Independents are focused on the economy (15%) and healthcare (14%). 

Americans continue to give Congress as a whole poor approval ratings (23%), while being more generous of their individual representatives (39%). Republicans are most likely to approve of their congressperson (51%). Democrats (39%) and Independents (29%) are less likely to approve. When considering the election in November, Americans are more likely to report that they would vote for a Democrat (37%) than a Republican (31%) if the election were held today. Independents are split between voting for a Democrat (24%) and voting for a candidate from another party (22%), while just 11 percent report they would vote Republican if the election were held today.

About the Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters February 23 -27, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 1,651 Americans, including 677 Democrats,  564 Republicans, 246 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 2.7 percentage points for all adults, 4.3 percentage points for Democrats, 4.7 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

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Clifford Young
President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
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Chris Jackson
Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
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The author(s)

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

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