Washington, D.C.- As Americans return to their routines after the Midterms and Thanksgiving holiday, their views of the country are essentially unchanged. This week President Trump’s approval rating remains stable – 44% of all Americans approve of the job he is doing as president. President Trump’s support comes primarily from his base: 85% of Republicans approve of him, compared to 39% of Independents and 14% of Democrats. Furthermore, only a third (33%) of the public says that the country is heading in the right direction. This sentiment is felt especially by Republicans (65%), but just 13% of Democrats believe America is headed on the right path.
Healthcare (18%) and immigration (17%) continue to top the list of important problems Americans think the country is facing. People of different political affiliations have different priorities when it comes to the most important problem facing the country. A third of Republicans (32%) state that immigration is the most prominent issue, while a quarter of Democrats (24%) think it’s healthcare. Just 39% of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of healthcare, and 44% approve of his handling of immigration.
With the UN Climate Summit to meet in Poland next week, just 5% of Americans believe that the environment is the biggest problem facing the country today, and just 37% of Americans approve of the way Trump is handling the environment.
As the 115th Congress begins its lame duck session, 29% of Americans approve about the way Congress as a whole is handling its job. Americans are more likely to approve of their individual Representative, with almost half (46%) of Americans saying they support their Congressperson.
About this Study
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between November 21-27, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 2,289 Americans, including 930 Democrats, 811 Republicans, and 305 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 2.3 percentage points for all adults, 3.7 percentage points for Democrats, 3.9 percentage points for Republicans, and 6.4 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 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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