Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Congressional Approval Tracker (02/20/2020)

Congressional representatives and President Trump share similar approval ratings among all Americans.

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  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Senior Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
  • Rachel Martin Senior Research Analyst, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, February 20, 2020   The latest public opinion poll from Reuters/Ipsos shows that American public opinion of the president has remained unchanged from prior weeks, with a 41% approval rating among all Americans, and more than half (56%) disapprove. Among Republican registered voters, 87% approve of the president. Among Democratic registered voters, only 8% approve of the president’s performance in office.  

Americans’ approval of their congressperson fares about the same as that of the president. Among all Americans, 37% approve of how their congressperson is handling their job as a representative, while 42% disapprove. A similar number of Democratic and Republican registered voters approve of their congressperson (42% and 44%, respectively). Americans are less impressed with Congress as a whole. Only 1 in 5 Americans approve of how Congress is handling its job (21%), a figure which is again similar among Democratic and Republican registered voters (25% and 22%, respectively).  

Healthcare continues to be the issue that Americans say is the most important facing the country (22%). It is followed by the economy and jobs (16%) and immigration (12%). Democratic registered voters are even more likely to be concerned about healthcare, with almost a third of them pointing to it as the country’s biggest problem (31%). Democratic registered voters are also worried about the economy and jobs (17%) and the environment (13%). For Republican registered voters, healthcare is a top issue (12%), but only after immigration (22%) and the economy and jobs (17%).   

When asked about the direction of the country as a whole, over half of Americans (55%) say that the country is going off on the wrong track, while a third say it is heading in the right direction (33%). Democratic registered voters are more pessimistic, with 84% saying the country is going off on the wrong track. Among Republican registered voters, over two-thirds say the country is headed in the right direction (68%), and just 22% say it is off on the wrong track.  

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between February 18-19, 2020 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 1,113 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 951 registered voters, 469 Democratic registered voters, 361 Republican registered voters, and 94 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 of ± 3.6 percentage points for registered voters, ± 5.2 percentage points for Democratic registered voters , ± 5.9 percentage points for Republican registered voters, and ± 11.5 percentage points for independents registered voters.

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The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Senior Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
  • Rachel Martin Senior Research Analyst, US, Public Affairs

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