Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Presidential Approval Tracker (03/04/2020)

After a volatile week in the stock market and growing fears of the coronavirus spreading, concerns are rising around the economy and jobs and healthcare among Republicans and Democrats respectively.

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  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Senior Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, March 4, 2020    Following losses in the stock market, and a rapidly spreading coronavirus, President Trump’s approval rating among all Americans remains steady, with 42% saying they somewhat or strongly approve of the job he is doing as president. A similar proportion of registered voters feel the same (44%). President Trump’s Republican base remains very supportive of how he is handling the presidency (88% approve). On the other hand, 89% of Democratic registered voters say they disapprove of the president’s job performance. 

When analyzing certain issues or policies, Americans are most likely to say they approve of how Trump is handling jobs and employment (53%) and the economy overall (51%). His handling of corruption (36%), how he treats regular people (36%), and the environment (37%) are less popular. When it comes to healthcare reform, just 38% of Americans approve. He receives moderate support for his policies concerning immigration (45%) and international trade (45%).  

More than half of Americans say that the country is headed off on the wrong track (55%). Democratic registered voters are not hopeful about the direction of the country, with 86% saying the country is headed in on the wrong direction. Republican registered voters are much more optimistic – about three-quarters say the country is headed in the right direction (72%).   

No single issue is seen by a majority of Americans as the biggest problem facing the country. A quarter of Americans (25%) report that healthcare is the most important issue, followed by the economy and jobs (19%), and immigration (12%). Perceptions of the biggest problems are closely tied to political party affiliation. One-third of Democratic registered voters report that healthcare is the biggest problem (34%) – up 4-points from last week, possibly indicating a concern over the spreading coronavirus. The economy and jobs (17%) are seen as the next most important issue facing the country. While immigration remains the main priority for Republican registered voters (25%), concerns around the economy and jobs jumped 6-points this week to 21%, signaling likely concern over the impact of losses in the stock market and supply chain disruptions due to the coronavirus. 

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between March 2-3, 2020 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 1,115 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 943 registered voters, 465 Democratic registered voters, 357 Republican registered voters, and 82 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 ± 12.3 percentage points for independent 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