Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (03/20/2019)

Immigration and healthcare remain the most important issues facing the country.

The author(s)
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
Get in touch

Washington, D.C. - In this week's Reuters/Ipsos Core Political, few Americans report they feel the nation is headed in the right direction (30%) - this number has remained relatively unchanged for the last several weeks. Republicans (60%) remain steadily optimistic about the country's direction, while Democrats continue to be most concerned (12%). 

Among all Americans, President Trump's approval rating remains relatively stable at 39%, down two points from last week. Not surprisingly, Republicans continue to report strong approval numbers for the president - 80% approve of the job he is doing, with 50% strongly approving. Just 11% of Democrats and 33% of Independents report feeling the same way as their Republican counterparts.

For specific issues, President Trump receives varied support across the board.  Trump's handling of the economy (46%) and jobs (50%) continue to be the most popular among Americans. Issues like immigration (42%) and international trade (41%) receive moderate support. The environment (35%), Russia (35%) and corruption (36%) remain the least popular among all Americans. 

Congress remains unpopular among Americans - just 27% report approving of the job the legislative body does as whole. Democrats are slightly more likely to say they approve of Congress (32%) than Republicans (27%). Congressional representatives are much more popular among their constituents - 46% of Americans report being pleased with the work their individual representative is doing. Republicans (52%) and Democrats (52%) remain equally happy with their legislator, but Independents are less likely to approve (37%) of their congressperson. 

Perceptions about the biggest issues facing the country continue to be impacted by political affiliation. Immigration (16%) and healthcare (17%) remain the most important issues for Americans. Democrats (22%) and Independents (19%) are more likely to report the biggest issue is healthcare, compared to Republicans (12%). Conversely, Republicans are more likely to say immigration is the biggest issue (30%) compared to just 9% of Democrats and 10% of Republicans.

About this Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between March 6 - March 12, 2019. For the survey, a sample of 2,207 Americans, including 756 Democrats, 809 Republicans, and 408 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, 4.1 percentage points for Democrats, 3.9 percentage points for Republicans, and 5.5 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

For more information on this news release please contact:

Clifford Young
President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
[email protected]

Chris Jackson
Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
[email protected]

About Ipsos Public Affairs

Ipsos Public Affairs is a non-partisan, objective, survey-based research practice made up of seasoned professionals. We conduct strategic research initiatives for a diverse number of American and international organizations, based not only on public opinion research, but elite stakeholder, corporate, and media opinion research.

Ipsos has media partnerships with the most prestigious news organizations around the world. In Canada, the U.S., UK, and internationally, Ipsos Public Affairs is the media polling supplier to Reuters News, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. Ipsos Public Affairs is a member of the Ipsos Group, a leading global survey-based market research company. We provide boutique-style customer service and work closely with our clients, while also undertaking global research.

About Ipsos

Ipsos is an independent market research company controlled and managed by research professionals. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos has grown into a worldwide research group with a strong presence in all key markets. Ipsos ranks fourth in the global research industry.

With offices in 89 countries, Ipsos delivers insightful expertise across five research specializations: brand, advertising and media; customer loyalty; marketing; public affairs research; and survey management.

Ipsos researchers assess market potential and interpret market trends. They develop and build brands. They help clients build long-term relationships with their customers. They test advertising and study audience responses to various media and they measure public opinion around the globe.

Ipsos has been listed on the Paris Stock Exchange since 1999 and generated global revenues of €1,749.5 million in 2018.

The author(s)
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs