Washington, D.C. - Just one-third of all Americans (32%) believe that the country is headed in the right direction and a similar proportion of registered voters also feel the same way (33%). Partisanship has a strong impact on perceptions of the direction of the country – just 9 percent of Democratic registered voters believe the country is headed in the right direction compared to two-thirds of Republican registered voters (65%). Independent registered voters (28%) are slightly more optimistic than Democratic registered voters, but significantly less-so than Republican registered voters.
President Trump’s overall job approval has remained steady for the last several months – 41 percent of Americans and 41 percent of registered voters approve of how he is handling his position as president. Not surprisingly, Republican registered voters overwhelming approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as president (84%). On the other side of the aisle, just 8 percent of Democratic registered voters approve of Trump’s performance. Just one-third of Independent registered voters (36%) approve.
With tensions between Tehran and Washington, D.C. running high, 38 percent of Americans approve how President Trump is handling Iran and 42 percent approve of his handling for foreign policy generally. When it comes to other specific policy issues, President Trump receives the strongest support on domestic economic policy, like the economy generally (49%) and employment and jobs (52%). However, just 40 percent of Americans support his approach to international trade. President Trump receives moderate support for his immigration policy (42%). Looking at other domestic issues, 37 percent approve of how he deals with Congress, 37 percent also approve how he deals with healthcare reform, and 36 percent of Americans approve of his handling of the environment. Just 35 percent approve of how he is handling corruption and only 34 percent approve of how he is handling Russia.
Immigration (22%) and healthcare (16%) continue to top the list of most important problems facing the nation. This week, immigration overtook healthcare as the biggest issue among all Americans. Registered voters have similar perceptions as Americans as a whole, with immigration (22%) and healthcare (18%) also topping the list. Democratic registered voters view healthcare (24%) as the most important problem, followed by the economy (12%) and the environment (12%), and then immigration (11%). Republican registered voters perceive immigration to be the biggest issue facing the nation (39%), the economy is the next most important problem (13%), followed by healthcare (10%) and morality (10%). Independent registered voters perceive healthcare (23%) and immigration (16%) as the biggest issues facing the nation.
About this Study
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between June 25-25, 2019. For the survey, a sample of 1,115 Americans, including 975 registered voters, 475 Democrat registered voters, 376 Republican registered voters, and 109 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 3.3 percentage points for all adults, 3.6 percentage points for registered voters, 5.2 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, 5.8 percentage points for Republican registered voters, and 10.7 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 http://polling.reuters.com/.
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