Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (03/07/2018)

President Trump's approval rating holds steady at 40% while Jared Kushner takes the top spot in the Wh'Exit Poll.

Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (03/07/2018)

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  • Clifford Young President, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC - President Trump’s approval has remained steady over the last several weeks, with 40% of Americans approving of his job overall. Not surprisingly, Republicans are much more likely to approve of the job the President is doing (79%), than Democrats (13%) and Independents (36%). Republicans are more likely to say the country is headed in the right direction (62%) than Democrats (11%) and Independents (25%). 

For the Ipsos Wh’Exit poll, Gary Cohn, Director of the White House Economic Council, took many Americans by surprise by resigning this week, with only 5% reporting they believed him to be the next person to resign or be terminated at the White House. Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the president, tops the list at 19%, followed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (17%). 

Healthcare (17%) continues to top the list of most important problems facing the country among all Americans. Democrats also place healthcare at the top of their list, with 22% reporting that they believe it is the most important problem. The economy is a distant second with 12% of Democrats reporting that it is the most important issue. Republicans are more likely to believe several issues are important, with terrorism (16%) topping the list and immigration tied with morality for a close second at 15% each. Healthcare is another close contender in third place at 14%. 

Democrats continue to lead in the 2018 generic congressional ballot by 7 points. Thirty-eight percent of Americans would pick the Democratic candidate if the elections for U.S. congress were held today, while 31% would pick the Republican candidate.

About the Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters March 2 -6, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 2,927 Americans, including 1,196 Democrats,  1,121 Republicans, 348 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 2.1 percentage points for all adults, 3.2 percentage points for Democrats, 3.3 percentage points for Republicans, 6.0 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)

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

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