Washington, D.C. – A week after the midterm elections, President Trump’s approval rating remains steady – 43% of all Americans approve of the job he is doing as president. Support of President Trump’s job performance falls along party lines, with 86% of Republicans approving compared to just 12% of Democrats. One-third of Americans (35%) believe that the country is headed in the right direction. Despite winning control of the House of Representatives last week, just 13% of Democrats consider the country to be on the right path. Republicans are much more optimistic, with 69% reporting they believe America is going in the right direction.
While Americans continue to be split about the most important problem facing that nation, with no issue taking a clear majority, healthcare (23%) continues to be at the top of the list, followed by immigration (15%). Democrats are much more like to say healthcare (33%) is the biggest issue, while Republicans believe it is immigration (28%). Thirty-nine percent of Americans approve of how Trump is handling healthcare reform, and 44% approve of his policies on immigration. Trump receives the strongest support on employment (54%) and the economy (51%).
While we enter a lame-duck period for Congress, Americans are more likely to approve of their individual representatives (42%) than the body as a whole (26%). Democrats are the most critical, with 70% reporting they disapprove of how Congress is handling its job.
About this Study
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between November 7-13, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 2,149 Americans, including 910 Democrats, 815 Republicans, and 248 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, 3.7 percentage points for Democrats, 3.9 percentage points for Republicans, and 7.1 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/.
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