Washington, DC, December 18, 2019 — As the House of Representatives prepares to vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, the latest Core Political survey from Reuters/Ipsos shows that public opinion towards impeachment of the president is static. Overall, 46% of Americans believe that Trump should be impeached, 42% believe he should not be impeached, and 12% are unsure. Democratic registered voters overwhelmingly support impeaching President Trump (85%) compared to Republican registered voters (7%).
Like perceptions concerning impeachment, Trump’s approval rating remains stable. Among all Americans, 41% report that they approve of the president, and 53% say they disapprove. Views on the president’s performance in office among Democratic and Republican registered voters are almost exact opposites of each other. Among Republicans, the president enjoys an 87% approval rating, and 12% disapprove. Among Democrats, the president has only an 11% approval rating, while 88% disapprove.
Over half of all Americans believe the country is going off on the wrong track (56%), and just one in three say it is headed in the right direction (31%). Two-thirds of registered Republican voters (66%) say the country is headed in the right direction, but about a quarter (26%) are less optimistic. Among Democratic registered voters, only 9% say the country is going in the right direction, and a large majority say it is not (83%).
The top three problems that most Americans consider to be the most urgent facing the country continue to be healthcare (18%), jobs and the economy (16%), and immigration (14%). Healthcare is the top issue for a quarter (25%) of Democratic registered voters, followed by the economy and jobs (16%) and the environment (14%). Over a quarter of Republican registered voters (28%) are most concerned about immigration, followed by jobs and the economy (16%) and morality (13%).
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between December 16-17, 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 963 registered voters, 420 Democratic registered voters, 406 Republican registered voters, and 104 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, ± 5.5 percentage points for Republican registered voters, and ± 11.0 percentage points for independent registered voters.
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