Washington, D.C., October 23, 2019 - Reuters/Ipsos continues to examine Americans' perceptions of the impeachment proceedings in this week's Core Political. Americans are still divided when asked if President Trump should be impeached (46%) or not (40%), while 14% say they do not know. Republican registered voters remain steadfast in their opposition to impeachment (81% say he should not be impeached), while Democratic registered voters strongly believe he should be impeached (79%). Independent registered voters are divided (45% support impeachment, while 36% do not support it, and 19% don't know).
Two in five Americans (39%) support President Trump's overall job performance. President Trump's approval rating has been stable for the last year, hovering near 40% of all Americans. Democratic registered voters are critical of the president's performance - just 10% report they approve of the job he is doing as president. Republican registered voters continue to support the president (81% approve).
Approximately one third of Americans (30%) report the country is headed in the right direction. A similar proportion of registered voters feel the same way (32%). Democratic registered voters are the least likely to say the country is headed in the right direction (10%), while a strong majority of Republican registered voters say the same thing (60%). Just a quarter of Independent registered voters (24%) are optimistic about the path of the country.
Americans remain split on the biggest problems facing the country. Healthcare (19%), the economy and jobs (17%), and immigration (14%) are the issues that garner the most concern among all Americans. Partisanship is a key driver in perceptions, but even partisans are split concerning major issues. Democratic registered voters report that healthcare (26%), the economy and jobs (17%) and the environment (13%), are the biggest problems. Republican registered voters report that immigration (27%), healthcare (15%), the economy and jobs (14%) are the most important issues the country faces. Independent registered voters report that the economy and jobs (23%), healthcare (19%), and immigration (10%) are the biggest concerns.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between October 18-22, 2019 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 4,083 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 3,447 registered voters, 1,773 Democrats, 1,542 Republicans, and 447 independents. 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 ± 1.7 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 ± 2.7 percentage points for Democrats, ± 2.8 percentage points for Republicans ± 5.3 percentage points for independents.
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