Reuters/Ipsos Core Political: Impeachment Tracker (10/16/2019)

Perceptions concerning impeachment remain relatively 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 16, 2019 -  Americans remain divided on whether President Trump should be impeached - 43% support impeachment, 42% report he should NOT be impeached, and 14% are unsure. Partisanship is the key driver of perceptions around impeachment - 79% of Democratic registered voters say Trump should be impeached, and just 10% of Republican registered voters say the same thing. 

President Trump's overall approval rating remains consistent among all Americans (40%). Democratic registered voters remain critical of the president's performance - just 9% report say approve of the job he is doing as president. Republican registered voters overwhelmingly support the president (84% approve). 

One third of Americans (32%) report that the country is headed on the right path. This perception has remained stable over the last several months. A majority of Republican registered voters approve of the direction of the country with 60% saying America is on the right path, compared to a mere 13% of Democratic registered voters who say the same thing. 

No single issue is seen as the definitive problem facing America today.  Americans are consistently split between healthcare (15%), immigration (15%) and the economy (14%) as the biggest problems the country faces. Perceptions of major issues are heavily impacted by political identity. Thirty percent of Republican registered voters report that immigration is the most important problem, followed by the economy (14%) and morality (11%). Democratic registered voters believe healthcare (22%), the environment (15%), and the economy (13%) are the most important problems facing the country today. 

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between October 14-15, 2019 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 1,115 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 961 registered voters, 441 Democratic registered voters, 382 Republican registered voters, and 98 Independent registered voters. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 3.3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error. The poll also has a credibility interval ± 5.3 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, ± 5.7 percentage points for Republican registered voters  ± 11.3 percentage points for Independent registered voters.

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The author(s)
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs