Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (12/12/2018)

President Trump remains popular among Republicans, while Democrats are extremely critical of his performance.

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  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Senior Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, D.C.- President Trump continues to garner support from his base, with Republicans (83%) overwhelmingly approving of the job he is doing as president. The American public as a whole is more tempered in their feelings, with just 43% approving of Trump’s job performance. Democrats (12%) are the least likely to approve of his job performance.

Just one-third of Americans (34%) believe that the country is headed in the right direction, while more than half (53%) report they believe America is on the wrong track. Among those who believe the country is on the wrong track, just 15% approve of the job Trump is doing as president. Conversely, 91% of those who believe we are headed in the right direction approve of President Trump.

When it comes to specific issues, Americans approve of the way Trump is handling employment and jobs (52%) and the economy generally (49%). However, Americans are more critical of Trump’s policies towards the environment (35%), Russia (37%), and the way he treats everyday people (36%). Americans give Trump mixed approval on immigration, with 44% approving of his policies, but Americans are less likely to approve of his handling of healthcare reform (39%).

Healthcare (18%) and immigration (17%) continue to be perceived as the most pressing issues facing the country among Americans. Republicans (31%) and those who believe America is headed in the right direction (32%) perceive immigration as the most important problem. Interestingly, those who believe we are headed in the wrong direction view healthcare (19%) as the largest problem, but also see the economy (12%), and morality (11%) as major issues. Immigration is seen as the most important issue for 9% of Americans who believe the country is headed off on the wrong track. Democrats continue to view healthcare as the most important problem (21%).


About this Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between December 5-11, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 2,257 Americans, including 905 Democrats, 830 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, 3.9 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 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

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The author(s)

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