Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (08/29/2018)

President Trump's approval rating among registered voters stands at 40% with just 69 days until the election.

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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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Washington, D.C. – President Donald Trump’s approval rating stands at 40% among registered voters with just nine weeks to go before the November 6th elections for the House and Senate. Republicans remain positive about Trump’s overall performance, with 81% reporting they approve of the job he is doing. Democrats (12%) and Independents (27%) are much less likely to approve of Trump.

In this week’s Reuters/Ipsos generic ballot, Democrats (47%) enjoy a 13-point lead over Republicans (34%) among registered voters. Republicans (83%) and Democrats (88%) remain loyal to their respective parties when asked who they would vote for if the election were held today. Independents are more inclined to report they would vote for a Democrat (30%) than a Republican (16%) or candidate from another party (16%).

Healthcare (17%) and immigration (15%) are reportedly the most important problems facing the country today. When evaluating Donald Trump’s handling of these issues, just 37% approve of his handling of healthcare reform, and just 40% approve of his handling of immigration.

Americans continue to be cynical when thinking about the overall direction of the country, with more than half (56%) reporting they believe America is on the wrong track. Registered voters (58%), Democrats (83%) and Independents (68%) share in the pessimism. Republicans are much more likely to think things are going well, with just a quarter (23%) reporting things in America are headed on the wrong track.

About this Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between August 22-28, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 3,550 Americans, including 2,920 registered voters, 1,292 Democrats, 1,123 Republicans, and 338 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 1.9 percentage points for all adults, 2.1 percentage points for registered voters, 3.1 percentage points for Democrats, 3.3 percentage points for Republicans, and 6.1 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

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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