Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Presidential Approval Tracker (10/02/2019)

President Trump's overall approval rating remains unchanged.

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  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, D.C., October 02, 2019 – This week’s Reuters/Ipsos Core Political shows that, in the face of the impeachment inquiry that House Democrats have started against President Donald Trump, his overall approval rating remains steady at 40% among all Americans. Among registered voters of his party, Trump’s approval rating is much higher, with 8 in 10 who approve of his performance (80%), compared to just 1 in 10 of  Democratic registered voters (11%). Independent registered voters’ approval of the president is in line with the American population as a whole (40%).  

For specific issues, Trump receives the highest approval ratings on domestic economic concerns - half of Americans approve of his handling of employment and jobs (51%) and the U.S. economy (50%). Americans are much more critical of Trump’s performance on other issues, like the environment (35%), Russia (35%), dealing with Congress (36%), corruption (37%) and healthcare reform (37%).  

Just 30% of Americans say the country is headed on the right track this week, this number is statistically unchanged from the last several months. Democratic registered voters are least positive about the direction of the country, with just 13% reporting the country is on the right path. Republican registered voters are significantly more likely to say that the country is headed on the right track (56%) than their Democratic (13%) or independent (28%) counterparts, but their perceptions have dropped 9 points over the last three weeks (65% in the September 11th Reuters/Ipsos Core Political).  

Healthcare and immigration continue to dominate the issues that the public believe to be the most pressing. Among all Americans, 20% say that healthcare is most important, and 14% point to immigration. Concern about the economy follows closely behind (12%). Democratic registered voters continue to be primarily concerned with healthcare (27%) as well as the economy (14%) and the environment (14%). Republicans are most worried about immigration (28%) and healthcare (16%). Independents fall between partisan lines, with immigration (15%) healthcare (14%) as their top concerns.  

About this Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between September 30- October 01, 2019. For the survey, a sample of 1,121 Americans, including 964 registered voters, 458 Democratic registered voters, 366 Republican registered voters, and 108 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, plus or minus 3.6 percentage points for registered voters, plus or minus 5.2 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, plus or minus 5.8 percentage points for Republican registered voters, and plus or minus 10.8 percentage points for Independent registered voters. For more information about credibility intervals, please see the appendix.

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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 Director, US, Public Affairs