Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (08/08/2018)

President Trump's approval rating remains steady. Democrats narrowly lead the congressional generic ballot.

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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. – Nearly half of registered voters (45%) and two in five Americans (43%) approve of President Trump’s handling of his job as president. President Trump’s approval rating has remained stable for much of year, with most of his support coming from Americans who identify as Republicans. This week is no different, with 86% of Republicans reporting they approve of the job Trump is doing as president. Independents (34%) and Democrats (11%) are significantly less likely to approve of Trump’s job performance.

Looking ahead to the November midterm election for Congress,  Democrats have a narrow lead (41%) over Republicans (39%) among registered voters. Republicans and Democrats remain loyal to their respective parties, and Independents favor a candidate from another party (28%) to Democrats (20%) or Republicans (17%).

Just one-third of all Americans (34%) believe that the country is headed in the right direction. Americans also remain split on the most important issues facing the country. Immigration (16%) and healthcare (16%) continue to be viewed as the top two issues the nation faces. Party identification seems to be driving the split, with Republicans reporting immigration (29%) as the most important issue, while Democrats  are more likely to say healthcare (20%) is more important.


About this Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between August 3-7, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 1,774 Americans, including 1,479 registered voters, 627 Democrats, 610 Republicans, and 179 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 2.7 percentage points for all adults, 2.9 percentage points for registered voters, 4.5 percentage points for Democrats, 4.5 percentage points for Republicans, and 8.4 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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