Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (08/15/2018)

With less than three months until the midterm elections, Democrats lead the congressional generic ballot.

Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (08/15/2018)

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  • Clifford Young President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Senior Account Manager, US, Ipsos Public Affairs
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Washington, D.C. – Two in five registered voters (44%) approve of how Donald Trump is handling his job as President. Trump’s approval rating is similar among all Americans (41%). Republicans (81%) continue to be the driver of positive perceptions of Trump’s job performance, while just 15% of Democrats report they feel the same way. President Trump’s approval rating has been consistent for the last several weeks, remaining between 39% and 43% among all Americans.

With less than three months until the midterm elections, registered voters continue to report they are less likely to vote for a Republican (36%) than a Democrat (45%), giving Democrats a 9-point advantage in the generic congressional ballot. Among all Americans, Democrats (40%) enjoy an 8-point advantage over Republicans (32%) if the election for Congress were held today. A quarter of all Americans (26%) and registered voters (27%) approve of Congress’ overall performance. However, all Americans (45%) and registered voters (49%) are much more likely to approve of their individual representative (45%).

Just one in three Americans (33%) believe that the country is headed in the right direction. Healthcare (16%), immigration (15%), and the economy (11%) continue to be perceived as the most important issues that the country faces. President Trump’s handling of immigration (42%) and healthcare (40%) mirror his overall approval rating (41%). However, he receives the highest marks when Americans are asked to consider how he is handling employment and jobs (51%) and the economy generally (49%). However, just 41% of Americans approve of his handling of international trade.

About this Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between August 8-14, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 2,232 Americans, including 1,860 registered voters, 831 Democrats, 746 Republicans, and 190 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 2.4 percentage points for all adults, 2.6 percentage points for registered voters, 3.9 percentage points for Democrats, 4.1 percentage points for Republicans, and 8.1 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 non-probability 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 http://polling.reuters.com/.

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 http://polling.reuters.com/.

For more information on this news release please contact:

Clifford Young
President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
202.420.2016
clifford.young@ipsos.com

Chris Jackson
Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
202.420.2011
chris.jackson@ipsos.com

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The author(s)

  • Clifford Young President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Senior Account Manager, US, Ipsos Public Affairs

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