Washington, D.C. – Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, President Trump’s approval rating stands at 44% among all Americans. Not surprisingly, Republicans are the most likely to approve of the work Trump is doing as president, with 83% reporting they strongly or somewhat approve of the job he is doing. Independents are split – 45% report approving, and 48% report disapproving. Just 12% of Democrats approve of Trump’s performance.
Just one third of Americans (35%) report that America is on the right track. Republicans (66%) are most likely to report that things are moving in the right direction, compared to Independents (33%) and Democrats (13%).
Americans remain split on the biggest issue facing the country, but healthcare (20%) and immigration (15%) remain at the top of the list. Healthcare is a bigger concern for Democrats (28%) and Independents (18%) than it is for Republicans (14%). Republicans continue to report that immigration (27%) is what they perceive as the biggest problem facing the country today. Comparatively, Democrats (7%) and Independents (10%) are not as concerned with the issue of immigration. When asked about how Trump is handling specific policy issues, just 40% of Americans report approving of his handling of healthcare reform, and 45% approve of his handling of immigration.
Congress as a whole is enjoying a slight bump of approval among all Americans this week, up 4 points to 30%. Americans consistently are more likely to approve of their individual representative, and this week is no different, with 45% of all Americans approving of the job their individual representative is doing. About half of Democrats (47%) and Republicans (51%) approve of their representatives’ work, while just 35% of Independents feel the same.
About this Study
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between November 14-20, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 2,232 Americans, including 889 Democrats, 850 Republicans, and 290 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, 3.8 percentage points for Republicans, and 6.6 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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