Washington, D.C., November 13, 2019 - In the lead up to the first public impeachment hearings against President Trump, American public opinion has remained steady according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos Core Political survey. Among all Americans, 45% of the country believe the president should be impeached, 42% do not, and 13% are unsure, much in line with previous weeks. The figures among registered voters are virtually the same, with 46% who support impeachment, 43% who do not, and 11% who are unsure. Democratic and Republican registered voters are the inverse of each other on this issue – 4 in 5 Democratic registered voters (79%) believe the president should be impeached and 10% do not. Only 10% of Republican registered voters agree with impeachment and 81% think he should be allowed to continue in office.
Additionally, as the impeachment hearings begin, the president’s approval rating is stationary at 39% of all Americans, and 40% of registered voters. Today’s polarized political climate is as visible as ever in the president’s approval rating among partisan registered voters. Only 9% of Democratic registered voters approve of how President Trump handles his job, while 79% of Republican registered voters approve.
Just 30% of Americans feel that the country is headed in the right direction. A slim majority (57%) say the country is going off on the wrong track, and 13% aren’t sure. By contrast, Republican registered voters are more likely to be optimistic about the direction of the country (56%), and less than a third say it is going in the wrong direction (30%). Conversely, just 12% of Democratic registered voters say the country is headed in the right direction, while 78% say they feel the country is off on the wrong track.
Healthcare is still on the minds of many Americans. Twenty percent of Americans say that healthcare is the country’s most important problem, followed by the economy and jobs (17%) and immigration (14%). Though unchanged from last week, Republican registered voters are more likely to be worried about healthcare than they were a month ago (9% on October 9th compared to 15% today). However, their top issues continue to be immigration (27%) and the economy and jobs (17%). For Democratic registered voters, a quarter of them find healthcare to be the most pressing issue (25%), followed by the economy and jobs (14%) and the environment (10%).
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between November 12-13, 2019 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 1,116 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 952 registered voters, 415 Democratic registered voters, 401 Republican registered voters, and 96 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, ± 5.5 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, ± 5.6 percentage points for Republican registered voters, ± 11.4 percentage points for independent registered voters.
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