Washington, D.C.- As we enter the new year with the federal government still under a partial shutdown, over half of Americans (55%) believe America is headed off on the wrong track, while just one-third of Americans (33%) believe America is headed in the right direction. Democrats are the most likely to say America is headed off on the wrong track (81%), compared to more than half of Independents (56%) and a quarter of Republicans (24%) who feel the same way.
President Trump's approval rating stands at 41% among all Americans, statistically unchanged from recent weeks. Trump's Republican base continues to support him, with 81% reporting they approve of the job he is doing as president, and 47% strongly approving. Democrats (12%) and Independents (36%) are much less likely to approve of Trump's performance. When thinking of specific issues, about half of Americans approve of Trump's handling of employment and jobs (52%) and the U.S. economy (49%). Americans are much less likely approve of Trump's performance on corruption (35%), Russia (36%), the environment (36%), and healthcare (38%). On the President’s signature issue of immigration, public support for his position is only marginally better at 42%.
Congressional approval during the shutdown has remained statistically unchanged, with 26% of Americans approving of Congress as a whole, and 43% approving of their individual representative.
One-in-five Americans considers healthcare (19%) to be the most important problem facing America today, followed by immigration (17%), the economy (11%) and morality (11%). Republicans and Democrats continue to have different priorities when considering the biggest issues. One third of Republicans (31%) view immigration as the biggest problem, and nearly a quarter of Democrats (23%) view healthcare as the biggest problem.
About this Study
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019. For the survey, a sample of 2,482 Americans, including 1,042 Democrats, 881 Republicans, and 301 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 2.2 percentage points for all adults, 3.5 percentage points for Democrats, 3.8 percentage points for Republicans, and 6.5 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 http://polling.reuters.com/.
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