Washington, DC, January 22, 2020 — With the impeachment trial of President Trump underway, Americans’ opinions on the matter remain steadfast, with 44% saying that Trump should be removed from office, 31% saying the charges against the president should be dismissed, and 15% who say the president should be censured by the Senate, but not removed from office. A majority of Americans believe Trump is guilty of abusing the office of the president (55%) and obstructing Congress (52%). Four in five Republican registered voters believe he is not guilty of either charge (79% each), while Democratic registered voters report they believe he is guilty ( 89% and 88% respectively). While a majority of Americans report that the impeachment has had no impact on their support of President Trump (54%), Republican registered voters have doubled down with 51% reporting that it has made them more supportive of President Trump.
President Trump’s overall approval rating also remains consistent – 39% of Americans approve of the job he is doing, compared to 56% who do not approve. Registered voters are slightly more likely to approve (42%) than the general population. Democratic registered voters’ approval has dipped 5 points since last week to just 6%. Republican registered voters still overwhelmingly support the president (84%). About one in three independent registered voters approves of Trump’s job performance (33%).
When considering the general direction of the country, a majority of Americans say things are headed off on the wrong track (55%), while just one in three (31%) report that things are headed in the right direction. Democratic registered voters are especially critical of the direction of the country with 85% saying the nation is on the wrong track, and just 10% who say things are headed in the right direction. About six in ten Republican registered voters (65%) report that things are headed in the right direction, compared to just a quarter who say they are off on the wrong track (26%).
Americans are split on the most important issue facing the country. The economy generally and jobs (20%), healthcare (19%), and immigration (11%), are top concerns for the public at large. Healthcare (29%), the economy and jobs (18%), and the environment (13%) are seen as the biggest issues for Democratic registered voters. While Republican registered voters report that immigration (20%), the economy and jobs (18%), terrorism (15%), and healthcare (14%) are the biggest issues facing the nation.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between January 21-22, 2020 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 1,108 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 899 registered voters, 423 Democratic registered voters, 323 Republican registered voters, and 105 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 ± 3.4 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 ± 3.7 percentage points for all registered voters, ± 5.4 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, ± 6.2 percentage points for Republican registered voters, ± 10.9 percentage points for independent registered voters.
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