Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Presidential Approval Tracker (05/22/2019)

President Trump continues to have the strongest approval ratings on his handling of the economy and jobs, but receives less support on his handling of Iran and Russia.

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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. - In the latest edition of the Reuters/Ipsos Core Political survey, just one-third of Americans (35%) feel the country is headed in the right direction and 37 percent of registered voters feel the same way. Democratic registered voters continue to have extremely low levels of optimism regarding the direction of the country - just 12 percent say we are headed in the right direction. Independent registered voters (32%) feel slightly better about the country's direction than Democrats. In contrast,  a strong majority of Republican registered voters (71%) report that the country is headed in the right direction. 

Forty-one percent of Americans and 44 percent of registered voters approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president. President Trump's approval ratings are strongly related to political identification. Just 11 percent of Democratic registered voters approve of Trump's performance compared to 85 percent of Republican registered voters.

With tensions heightened between Iran and Washington, D.C., 39 percent of Americans approve the way Donald Trump is handling Iran, while 49 percent disapprove, and 12 percent don't know. On other key issues, Trump's approval varies. He receives the highest marks on domestic economic related issues, with a majority of Americans approving of his handling of employment (53%), and about half approving of his handling of the economy (49%). Just one-third of Americans approve of his handling of Russia (36%) and his treatment of regular people (34%).When it comes to his signature issue of immigration, 44 percent of Americans approve. 

Americans remain split on the most important issues facing the country, with healthcare (20%), immigration (17%) and the economy (14%) topping the list for the last several months. Healthcare is the main concern for registered voters (22%), followed by immigration (17%) and the economy (14%). Democratic registered voters and independent registered voters  are primarily concerned with healthcare (27% and 26% respectively) followed by the economy (17% and 16% respectively). Republican registered voters are focused on immigration (36%), followed by healthcare (16%). 

About this Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between May 17-20, 2019. For the survey, a sample of 1,007 Americans, including 869 registered voters, 350 Democrat registered voters, 289 Republican registered voters, and 181 independent registered voters 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, 3.8 percentage points for registered voters, 6.0 percentage points for Democrat registered voters, 6.6 percentage points for Republican registered voters, and 8.3 percentage points for independent registered voters. 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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Clifford Young
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Chris Jackson
Vice President, U.S.
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The author(s)

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