Washington, D.C. - As Americans adjust their clocks for daylight savings, only few see bright days ahead for the country. A third (31%) of Americans think the country is heading in the right direction. Republicans (61%) are more likely to have a positive outlook on the direction of the country than Democrats (10%) or Independents (25%).
President Trump’s overall approval among all Americans is 41%, up two points from last week. Republicans are the stronghold of President Trump’s approval, with 81% agreeing that he is doing a good job as president. About a third of Independents (35%) approve of the way Trump is handling the presidency. Democrats continue to be critical of the president, with just 9% approving.
When it comes to specific issues, President Trump receives the most support on how he is handling employment and jobs (51%). Americans also approve of the way he is handling the U.S. economy (49%) and immigration (45%), the two pillars of his campaign promises. Americans are most critical of President Trump when it comes to Russia (36%), corruption (37%), the environment (37%) and healthcare reform (39%).
As Congress is finishing up its current legislation section before the March recess, 22% of Americans approve of the way Congress as a whole is handling its job. Twenty-eight percent of Democrats and 22% of Republicans approve of Congress. When it comes to their Congressperson, both Democrats (55%) and Republicans (52%) have similar approval ratings. Forty-six percent of Americans approve of their Congressperson.
Healthcare (18%) and immigration (16%) continue to be the most important problems facing the U.S. today. Perceptions of the main issues are shaped by political identity: A third (30%) of Republicans think immigration is the most important problem, and a quarter of Democrats (25%) think healthcare is the main problem.
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