Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Congressional Approval Tracker (07/17/2019)

Just 1 in 5 approve of the way Congress is handling its job.

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  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Senior Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, D.C. -  In this edition of the Reuters/Ipsos Core Political survey, we found that Americans’ sentiments on many political issues remain consistent. Just 1 in 3 Americans (30%) and registered voters (32%) believe the country is on the right path. Just 9 percent of Democratic registered voters and 1 in 5 independent registered voters (22%) feel the same way. Republican registered voters (62%) continue to report that things in the country are headed in the right direction. 

President Trump’s approval rating has remained consistent for nearly all of 2019 – 4 in 10 Americans (41%) approve of the job he is doing as president. A similar number of registered voters (44%) also approve of the President. Republican registered voters continue to strongly support President Trump with 86 percent reporting they approve, and more than half (52%) strongly approving. Approximately one-third of Independent registered voters (35%) approve of President Trump’s job performance. Democratic registered voters are the least likely to say they approve of the job Trump is doing – just 1 in 10 say they approve, while 89 percent say they disapprove, and 76 percent strongly disapprove. 

In the shadow of Donald Trump announcing many arrests this week of immigrants who had been ordered to be deported, immigration (22%) is seen as the most important problem in America, followed by  healthcare (18%). Republican registered voters continue to say that immigration is the most important issue (41%), up 3 points from last week. Democratic registered voters also report an increased importance in immigration (14%) compared to last week (11%). Despite the increase in importance in immigration, healthcare remains the most important problem for Democratic registered voters (24%). The economy is also seen an area of concern for Democrats (14%). Independent registered voters’ concerns are in line with the general population – immigration (23%), healthcare (18%) and the economy (14%) are the main concerns. 

Just 1 in 5 Americans (22%) approve of the way the way Congress is handling it’s job – this number is unchanged since the last time we asked the question in June, 2019. Partisanship does not impact the way Americans feel about their legislators – 26 percent of Democrats and 24 percent of Republicans approve of Congress. Americans are twice as likely to approve of the job their actual representative (41%) than Congress as a whole. Democratic registered voters (47%) and Republican registered voters (47%) are equally likely to approve of their individual representative. Just 1 in 3 Independent registered voters (35%) feel the same way.

About this Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between July 15-16, 2019. For the survey, a sample of 1,113 Americans, including 954 registered voters, 425 Democrat registered voters, 392 Republican registered voters, and 95 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, 5.4 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, 5.6 percentage points for Republican registered voters, and 11.5 percentage points for Independent registered voters. For more information about credibility intervals, please see the appendix.

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Clifford Young
President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs

Chris Jackson
Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs

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The author(s)

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