Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (1/10/2018)

President Trump’s approval rating remains at 41%

Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (1/10/2018)

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  • Clifford Young President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs
  • Julia Clark Senior Vice President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs
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Washington DC — President Trump’s approval rating remains steady this week at 41% among all Americans. A large majority of Republicans (81%) report that they approve of Trump’s performance, while Democrats (13%) and Independents (32%) are less generous with their evaluations.

On a state-by-state basis, Trump’s approval is consistent. His approval is the lowest in Washington D.C., where just 17% of the population approves of the job he is doing as president. Trump enjoys the highest approval ratings in West Virginia, where 54% approve of his job.  

Americans continue to view healthcare (17%) as the most important problem facing the country, followed by terrorism (13%) and the economy generally (12%). Perceptions of major problems are based on party lines, with one-fifth of Democrats (22%) viewing healthcare as the most important problem, compared to 14% of Republicans. Republicans (19%) view terrorism as the most important issue, compared to just 9% of Democrats. Independents view the economy as the most important issue (15%). 
With increased pressure from the Mueller investigation and Jeff Sessions’ recent promise to crack down on states’ legalization of marijuana, many Americans think he will be the next to leave the Trump Administration (22%), up 8-points from last week, according to Ipsos’ Wh’Exit Poll. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is a distant second, with just 14% of Americans believing he will be the next to be ousted, down 1-point from last week. 

With an eye on the November 2018 mid-terms election, a plurality of Americans (40%) report that they would vote for a Democratic candidate if the election were held today. Fewer than a third of Americans (31%) would vote for a Republican. Independents are split on their decision, with 14% reporting they would vote for a Democrat, 15% reporting they would vote for a Republican, and 20% reporting that they would vote for a candidate from another party.

About the Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters January 5-January 9, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 1,616 Americans, including 667 Democrats,  601 Republicans, 207 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, 4.3 percentage points for Democrats, 4.6 percentage points for Republicans, 7.8 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/.
For more information on this news release please contact:
Clifford Young
President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
202.420.2016
clifford.young@ipsos.com
Julia Clark
Senior Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
312.526.4919
julia.clark@ipsos.com
Chris Jackson
Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
202.420.2011
chris.jackson@ipsos.com


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The author(s)

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

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