Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (07/11/2018)

Democrats continue to dominate the generic congressional ballot. President Trump's approval rating is 39% among all Americans.

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  • Clifford Young President, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
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Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (07/11/2018) from Ipsos Public Affairs

Washington, DC – Four in ten Americans (39%) approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, this number remains statistically unchanged from last week. Among registered voters, 41% approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job at the White House. Not surprisingly, partisanship impacts perceptions of Donald Trump’s job performance, with 83% of Republicans approving compared to 35% of Independents and just 9% of Democrats.

Healthcare (17%) and immigration (17%) top the list of the most important issues facing America this week – a slight change from the previous weeks when immigration was the most important problem. Democrats view healthcare (22%) as the most important issue, and Republicans see immigration (28%) as the top concern. Interestingly, morality (12%) has narrowly overtaken the economy (11%) as the second more important issue of the day for all Americans.

Looking ahead to the November midterm elections, Democrats continue to dominate the Reuters Ipsos congressional generic ballot question, with 41% of all Americans and 47% of registered voters reporting they would vote for a Democratic candidate compared to a Republican candidate (29% and 34% respectively) if the election were held today. Independents are split between a Democratic candidate (22%), a Republican candidate (19%) and a candidate from another party (21%).

With the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the EPA Administrator last week, Attorney General Jeff Session (20%) and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders (17%) are competing for the top spot in this week’s Reuters Ipsos Wh’Exit poll, which asks all Americans who they believe will be the next to resign or be terminated from the White House. Chief of Staff John F. Kelly (13%) is third in line. Tune in next week, when Bill Shine, the new Director of Communications at the White House, and other newsworthy cabinet members are added to the Wh’Exit list.

About the Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters July 6-July 10, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 1,549 Americans, including 1,295 registered voters, 563 Democrats, 516 Republicans, and 171 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, 3.1 percentage points for registered voters, 4.7 percentage points for Democrats, 4.9 percentage points for Republicans, and 8.5 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

For more information on this news release please contact:

Clifford Young
President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
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Chris Jackson
Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
[email protected]

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The author(s)

  • Clifford Young President, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs

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