Washington, D.C. - In the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, Americans continue to have a pessimistic outlook of the direction of the country. Three in ten Americans (32%) think the country is heading in the right direction, unchanged from last week. Republicans (69%) are the most positive about the future of the country. A quarter of Independents (25%) and just 9% of Democrats think the country is heading in the right direction.
Two in five Americans (40%) approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president, statistically unchanged from last week (39%). The overwhelming majority of Republicans (83%) support the president. Independents (37%) and Democrats (11%) are more critical of Trump.
Americans are divided on how President Trump is handling certain issues. Half of Americans approve of the way he is handling employment and jobs (50%) and the U.S. economy (47%). Americans are more critical of the way Trump is handling the environment (34%) and corruption (35%).
Congress continues to be unpopular with the general public; only a quarter (24%) of Americans approve of the way Congress as a whole is handling its job. When it comes to their individual Congressperson, 43% of Americans approve of their representatives. Democrats (49%) and Republicans (48%) are equally likely to approve of their Congressperson, while Independents (33%) are significantly less likely to approve of their representatives.
Healthcare continues to be the most important problem facing the country (22%), followed by immigration (18%) and the economy generally (12%). Healthcare is the number one issue for Democrats (30%) and Independents (20%), followed by the economy (12% for Democrats and 14% for Independents). Republicans care most about immigration (39%), followed by healthcare (13%).
About this Study
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between April 15-16, 2019. For the survey, a sample of 1,006 Americans, including 361 Democrats, 343 Republicans, and 216 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 3.5 percentage points for all adults, 5.9 percentage points for Democrats, 6.0 percentage points for Republicans, and 7.6 percentage points for Independents. For more information about credibility intervals, please see the appendix.
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