Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (05/23/2018)

President Trump’s approval rating remains steady: 45% of all Americans approve of the way Trump is handling his job as President. Registered voters are slightly more likely to approve of Trump’s performance (47%).

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Washington, DC – President Trump’s approval rating remains steady: 45% of all Americans approve of the way Trump is handling his job as President. Registered voters are slightly more likely to approve of Trump’s performance (47%).  Not surprisingly, approval ratings vary by party registration:  16% of Democrats, four in five Republicans (80%) and 44% of Independent voters approve of Trump’s job performance.

Democrats (38%) continue to lead the 2018 generic congressional ballot question with a 5-point lead over Republicans (33%). Democrats' lead is slightly less among registered voters, where 40% would chose the Democratic candidate compared to 37% for the Republican candidate.  Independents are evenly split, with 23% choosing a Democrat and 22% choosing a Republican.

Americans continue to view healthcare as the most important problem facing the US today (17%). The second most important issue is morality (13%), followed by the economy generally (11%). Americans continue to give Trump high marks when it comes to employment and jobs (60%), the US economy (59%) and dealing with ISIS/ISIL (59%). Forty-two percent of Americans approve of his handling of healthcare reform.

Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, climbs back to the number one spot in our Wh’Exit poll, with almost one in five Americans believing he will be the next White Hour or Executive Branch staff member to resign or be terminated (19%). Scott Pruitt, the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and John F. Kelly, the White House Chief of Staff, are tied for second place, with 12% of Americans believing they will be the next ones out

About the Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters May 18 - 22, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 1,294 Americans, including 428 Democrats,  487 Republicans, 132 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 3.1 percentage points for all adults, 5.4 percentage points for Democrats, 5.1 percentage points for Republicans, 9.7 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

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

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The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Public Affairs