Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (1/17/2018)

President Trump's approval rating dipped 2 points this week to 39%

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  • Clifford Young President, US, Public Affairs
  • Julia Clark Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC — With a Government shutdown looming and a fresh round of controversial comments, President Trump’s approval rating has dipped 2 points this week to 39% among all Americans. Republicans remain positive about President Trump’s job performance with 75% approving, however, this is a 6-point decline from last week (81%). Democrats (11%) and Independents (32%) continue to be more critical of President Trump’s performance. 
In the same vein, fewer than a quarter of Americans approve of Congress as whole (23%). However, Americans are much more likely to approve of their individual congressional representative (45%). Looking ahead to the 2018 mid-term elections in November, 37% of Americans report they would vote for a Democrat candidate for Congress if the election were held today, compared to 32% who would vote for a Republican. Independents lean slightly toward voting for a Democrat (18%) compared to a Republican (13%) or a candidate from another party (13%).
Fewer than one-third of Americans (30%) believe that America is headed in the right direction. This evaluation is divided along partisan lines, with Republicans (60%) much more likely to perceive that America is on a positive trajectory than Democrats (8%) or Independents (28%).
Americans’ perceptions of the nation’s biggest problems remain relatively unchanged from last week, with healthcare (17%), the economy generally (12%), and terrorism (11%) as top of mind issues.

About the Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters January 12-January 16, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 1,638 Americans, including 645 Democrats,  625 Republicans, 210 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 2.8 percentage points for all adults, 4.4 percentage points for Democrats, 4.5 percentage points for Republicans, 7.7 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.
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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, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs

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