Washington, DC, March 11, 2020 — In the face of the spread of the coronavirus and the stock market tumbling over the last few weeks, the latest Core Political survey from Reuters/Ipsos shows that President Trump’s approval rating remains unchanged from previous weeks, holding at 40%. Over half (55%) of Americans say the disapprove of the job that President Trump is doing as president. Four in five (82%) Republican registered voters say they approve of Trump’s performance in office, including half (50%) who say they strongly approve of the president. Among Democratic registered voters, the reverse is true: 9 in 10 disapprove of the president (90%) including three-quarters (76%) who say they strongly disapprove of the president.
When it comes to specific issue approval, Trump receives the most positive recognition for his handling of domestic economic issues, including employment and jobs (51%) and the U.S. economy (47%). He also has the approval of 2 in 5 Americans for his handling of immigration (43%), international trade (42%), foreign policy (41%) and taxation (40%). President Trump’s issue-level approval is the lowest on corruption (35%), Russia (35%) and the environment (35%). On the coronavirus, or COVID-19, the virus outbreak currently spreading throughout many countries, including the United States, 39% of Americans approve of how the president is handling the response to the illness, while 49% do not.
Half of American adults feel the country is headed in the wrong direction (54%), while about a third believe that it is headed on the right path (31%). Two-thirds (66%) of registered Republican voters feel the country is on the right path. Democratic registered voters are much more pessimistic, with a majority saying the country is off on the wrong track (84%) and only 7% saying that it is going in the right direction.
Healthcare (22%), the economy and jobs (19%), and immigration (12%) are the issues that Americans are most likely to say are the most important problems facing the country. One-third of Democratic registered voters report that healthcare (32%) is the most important problem, followed by the economy and jobs (19%) and the environment (13%). Republican registered voters report that immigration (21%), the economy and jobs (15%) and healthcare (15%) are all important issues the country faces.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between March 9-10, 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 961 registered voters, 457 Democratic registered voters, 374 Republican registered voters, and 95 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 , ± 5.8 percentage points for Republican registered voters, and ± 11.5 percentage points for independents registered voters.
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