Washington, DC, December 4, 2019 — As the House Judiciary Committee holds its first impeachment inquiry hearing today, public opinion on whether President Trump should face impeachment remains unchanged. According to the latest poll from Reuters/Ipsos, 44% of Americans believe the president should be impeached, 42% do not, and 13% aren’t sure. Support for impeachment falls directly on party lines. Among Democratic registered voters, 78% support impeachment, and 12% do not. Among Republican registered voters, only 8% support the move to impeach the president, and 86% do not.
This pattern also holds for how Americans feel about President Trump’s job performance. Among all Americans, approval is statistically unchanged at 39%. Nine in ten Democratic registered voters do not approve of the president (89%), and three-quarters (74%) of them say they “strongly disapprove”. Republican voters are much more likely to approve of how the president is handling his position – 85% approve, and 13% disapprove.
A majority of Americans (57%) think that the country is on the wrong track, and just one in three (30%) say it is going in the right direction. Democratic registered voters are much more pessimistic than the general public about the direction of the country, with 81% saying it is off on the wrong track, and only 10% saying it is on the right path. Conversely, two-thirds of Republican registered voters (62%) feel good about where the country is headed, while 29% do not.
With regards to the biggest problems the country faces, healthcare (19%) and economy and jobs/unemployment (18%) are virtually tied as Americans’ top concerns. A quarter of Democratic registered voters (24%) say that healthcare is the country’s most pressing issue, followed by economy and unemployment/jobs (19%), and the environment (17%). A quarter of Republican registered voters say that immigration (25%) is the top concern, followed by economy and jobs/unemployment (17%) and healthcare (15%).
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between December 2-3, 2019 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 1,117 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 441 Democratic registered voters, 381 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 ± 3.6 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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