Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Presidential Approval Tracker (02/26/2020)

President Trump remains extremely popular among his Republican base, but independents are much more critical of the president.

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  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, February 26, 2020    This week’s Reuters/Ipsos Core Political survey finds that President Trump continues to be popular among his base. Republican registered voters overwhelmingly approve of the president’s job performance (86%), and 56% strongly approve. Three-quarters of Democratic registered voters strongly disapprove of the job Trump is doing (76%), and 9 in 10 Democratic registered voters disapprove in total (90%). Just one-third of independent registered voters approve of how Trump is handling his job as president (35%). Among all Americans, Trump’s approval rating stands at 42%.  

The economy (50%) and jobs and employment (52%) remain the strongest policy areas for President Trump, with half of Americans approving of how he is handling these issues. Trump receives lowest approval ratings on issues of corruption (37%), the environment (37%), and Russia (37%). He receives slightly better marks on his handling of Iran (42%). Although half of Americans approve of his handling of the economy and jobs, fewer approve of his handling of international trade (45%). Immigration policies (44%) also receive moderate support among all Americans. 

Just over one-third of Americans (36%) report they believe the country is headed in the right direction. This number is up 4 points from two weeks ago (32%), and 7 points from early January (29%). Republican registered voters are driving the push upward, with 72% reporting they believe the country is headed in the right direction, up 9 points from early January (63%). Democratic registered voters continue to feel pessimistic about the direction of the country: 84% say the country is headed on the wrong track, and just 11% say it is going in the right direction. Independent registered voters are also pessimistic. Just a quarter (25%) say things are headed in the right direction for the country.   

Americans remain split on the biggest issues facing the country. About 1 in 5 (22%) report that healthcare is the biggest problem facing the country today, followed by the economy and jobs (17%) and immigration (13%). Republican registered voters are more likely to say that immigration is their top issue (26%) compared to just 4% of Democratic registered voters and 9% of independent registered voters. Healthcare is seen as the most important issue for Democratic registered voters (30%) and independent registered voters (23%). Healthcare is also a top concern for 15% of Republican registered voters. About one-fifth of independent registered voters (21%) are concerned with the economy and jobs. Republican registered voters (15%) and Democratic registered voters (15%) are concerned about the economy and jobs at similar rates.  

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between February 19-25, 2020 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 4,439 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 3,809 registered voters, 1,808 Democratic registered voters, 1,565 Republican registered voters, and 334 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 ± 1.7 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 ± 1.8 percentage points for registered voters, ± 2.6 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, ± 2.8 percentage points for Republican registered voters, and ± 6.1 percentage points for independent registered voters.

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The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Senior Account Manager, US, Public Affairs