Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (04/04/2018)

President Trump’s approval rating is divided by party lines, with 80% of Republicans, 36% of Independents and just 10% of Democrats approving of Trump’s performance.

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  • Clifford Young President, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC - President Trump’s approval rating has remained steady for the last several weeks, with 39% of all Americans and 41% of registered voters approving of the job he is doing as President. President Trump’s approval rating is divided by party lines, with 80% of Republicans, 36% of Independents, and just 10% of Democrats approving of Trump’s performance. Looking at his approval ratings on a state-by-state basis, much of the country held steady, with very little movement up or down. However, Trump’s overall approval in Idaho and Alabama has increased since February 2018. 

Looking ahead to the November Congressional election, Democrats (43%) continue to lead Republicans (34%) when registered voters are asked if they would vote for the Democrat or Republican candidate if the election were held today. Just one-fifth of registered voters (21%) approve of the way Congress is handling their job as a whole, while 44% of the registered voters approve of their individual representative’s job performance. Registered Republicans are most likely to approve of Congress as a whole (31%) and their individual representatives’ performance (52%) than Democrats (13% and 41%, respectively) or Independents (16% and 40%, respectively). 

Healthcare (18%) and terrorism (13%) continue to be the top two biggest problems facing Americans. Partisans have different perspectives on what the most important issue is, with Democrats perceiving healthcare (23%) as the biggest problem, and Republicans believing terrorism (17%) is the biggest problem. Republicans are three times as likely to view immigration (15%) as a problem compared to Democrats (4%).  Currently, 38% of all Americans approve of Trump’s handling of healthcare reform, and 42% approve of his handling of immigration. 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (17%) continues to top the list of White House staff members who will be next in line to resign or be fired. Chief of Staff John F. Kelly (14%) and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (13%) are in the second and third spot, respectively. 

About the Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters March 30 -April 3, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 1,837 Americans, including 651 Democrats,  601 Republicans, 193 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 2.6 percentage points for all adults, 4.4 percentage points for Democrats, 4.6 percentage points for Republicans, 8.0 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
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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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