Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Presidential Approval Tracker (03/18/2020)

Trump’s overall approval is unchanged; Americans are beginning to change their behavior as coronavirus spreads

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  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, March 18, 2020 — The Core Political survey from Reuters/Ipsos shows that as the coronavirus pandemic continues, Americans’ overall approval of President Trump remains steady, and approval of his response to the outbreak is growing. Additionally, Americans are beginning to change their behaviors as a result of the outbreak.

President Trump’s approval rating remains consistent at 42% among all Americans.

  • Approval falls along party lines: 83% of Republican registered voters approve compared to 10% of Democratic registered voters.
  • Half of Americans approve of how Trump is handling the coronavirus outbreak (47%), up 8 points from last week.


Americans are altering their daily routines in response to the outbreak.

  • 81% of Americans report changing their routine in some way specifically because of the coronavirus, up from 48% between March 2-3, 2020.
  • Half are avoiding large gatherings of people (56%), avoiding physical contact with others (51%), and 60% are washing their hands more frequently.


The impact of the coronavirus on healthcare and the economy may be shifting American concerns about the biggest problem facing the country.

  • Healthcare, which has been a prominent concern for Americans over the last several years, has grown in importance over the last two months. A quarter report it’s the biggest problem facing the country, up 8 points since January.
  • Democratic registered voters continue to focus on healthcare (32%), but Republican registered voters’ priorities are changing, noting healthcare as the most important issue this week (20%), up 9 points from January.
  • Immigration, which has consistently been a Republican priority, has dropped 9-points since January to 18%.


About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between March 16-17, 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 978 registered voters, 492 Democratic registered voters, 360 Republican registered voters, and 97 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, ± 5.0 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, ± 5.9 percentage points for Republican registered voters, and ± 11.3 percentage points for independents registered voters.


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Chris Jackson
Vice President, US
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Kate Silverstein
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The author(s)

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