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

Immigration remains the top of mind issue among all Americans. President Trump's approval remains steady at 41%.

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  • Clifford Young President, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Senior Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC – President Trump’s overall approval rating remains steady among all adult Americans (41%) and among registered voters (43%). For the second week in a row, immigration (17%) is seen as the most important issue facing America today, followed closely by healthcare (15%). Democrats and Republicans deviate on what they perceive to be the most important issues: healthcare (20%) is seen as the most important issue for Democrats while immigration (29%) tops the list for Republicans.

In the Reuters Ipsos congressional generic ballot question, Democrats maintain their lead among all adult Americans (38%) compared to 30% who would vote for a Republican candidate. Democrats also lead among registered voters (44%), and Independents (24%) compared to the Republican vote share (34% and 12%, respectively). Democrats (86%) and Republicans (81%) remain loyal to their respective parties when faced with the generic ballot question. Just two in five Americans (40%) are satisfied with the job their congressional representative is doing overall. Registered voters (46%) are slightly more likely to approve of their representative’s job performance. Approval of the legislative body as a whole is much lower, with just a quarter of all Americans (25%) and registered voters (26%) approving.

Americans perceive many White House officials as vulnerable in this week’s Reuters/Ipsos Wh’Exit poll. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders (15%) has narrowly overtaken Attorney General Jeff Sessions (13%) as the person Americans think is most likely to leave the Trump administration next. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is tied with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt (13%) for second place, while Chief of Staff John F. Kelly (12%) takes third place.

About the Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters June 28-July 2, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 2,720 Americans, including 2,252 registered voters, 1,008 Democrats, 873 Republicans, and 250 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, 2.4 percentage points for registered voters, 3.5 percentage points for Democrats, 3.8 percentage points for Republicans, and 7.1 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 Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Senior Account Manager, US, Public Affairs