Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (07/18/2018)

President Trump's approval rating remains steady at 40% among all Americans this week

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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, D.C. - President Donald Trump’s approval rating remains steady in this week’s Reuters/Ipsos Core Political, with 40% of all Americans and 42% of registered voters approving of the way Trump is doing his job as president. Republicans (84%) are significantly more likely to evaluate Trump’s performance positively than Democrats (12%) or Independents (27%).

Americans remain split between healthcare (16%) and immigration (16%) as the most important problem facing America today. The economy (11%) and morality (10%) round out the top second and third ranked problems among all Americans. Democrats are much more likely to perceive healthcare (22%) as the most important issue followed by the economy (11%), while Republicans view immigration (27%) and terrorism (11%) as the most important problems. Independents are split between the economy (15%), immigration (15%), and healthcare (14%) as the most pressing issues facing the country today. 

Reuters/Ipsos continues to monitor the generic congressional ballot in advance of the approaching midterm elections. Democrats continue their lead among all Americans (39%) and registered voters (44%) compared to Republicans, who are favored by 31% of all Americans and 35% of registered voters. Republicans and Democrats report that they will be supporting their respective party’s candidate in November. Independents currently report favoring a Democrat (28%) or a candidate from another party (21%) to a Republican (16%) this election cycle. 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to top the Reuters/Ipsos Wh’Exit Poll this week, with 14% of Americans reporting that he will be the next to leave the Administration. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders (11%) and Chief of Staff John F. Kelly (10%) round out the top three administration members who are perceived as potentially in danger of losing their jobs. New additions to the Wh’Exit list Bill Shine, White House Director of Communications (2%), Nikki Haley, U.N. Ambassador (3%), Robert Lighthizer, Trade Representative (2%), and Sonny Perdue, Agriculture Secretary (1%), are all seen as safe from being dismissed from their positions.

About this Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters July 13-July 17, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 2,851 Americans, including 2,357 registered voters, 1,015 Democrats, 944 Republicans, and 272 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, 2.3 percentage points for registered voters, 3.5 percentage points for Democrats, 3.6 percentage points for Republicans, and 6.8 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

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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

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