Washington, D.C., October 30, 2019 Impeachment investigations against President Trump continue to unfold this week, after protests from Republican lawmakers last Wednesday and as Democrats move to hold a vote on the impeachment inquiry in coming days. According to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, American opinion remains unchanged in the face of these developments. Forty-seven percent of Americans believe that President Trump should be impeached. This includes a majority of Democratic registered voters (82%) and just a sliver of Republican registered voters (12%).
This partisan pattern holds for approval of the president’s performance. Among registered voters, a majority of Republicans approve of Trump’s handling of the presidency (84%), compared to 8% of Democrats. Among all Americans, President Trump’s approval rating is also unchanged, with 40% approval and 57% disapproval.
A third of American adults (32%) and of registered voters (33%) feel that the country is headed in the right direction. Among Democratic registered voters, this figure drops to 9%. By contrast, two-thirds of Republican registered voters (65%) are optimistic about the direction of country.
Americans’ worries about the most important problem facing the country remain unchanged. Among all American adults, the top concerns are healthcare (19%), the economy and jobs (19%), and immigration (14%). Republican registered voters are especially worried about immigration (30%), followed far behind by healthcare and the economy/jobs (15% and 15% respectively). Democratic registered voters are most likely to say healthcare and the economy and jobs (23% and 19%) are the country’s most important problems. They are also concerned about the environment (11%), an issue that does not make the top three list of concerns for all Americans.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between October 28-29, 2019 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 1,114 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 973 registered voters, 459 Democratic registered voters, 393 Republican registered voters, and 81 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 ± 3.6 percentage points for registered voters, ± 5.2 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, ± 5.6 percentage points for Republican registered voters, ± 12.4 percentage points for independent registered voters.
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