Washington, DC, April 1, 2020 — The latest Core Political survey from Reuters/Ipsos finds that as Americans are increasingly adjusting their lives around the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump’s approval rating remains stable, and healthcare and the economy are top of mind issues.
Americans are continuing to change their behavior to respond to COVID-19.
- Three-quarters (75%) of Americans are washing their hands more frequently, up from two-thirds of Americans last week (67%).
- Americans are practicing social distancing; 7 in 10 are avoiding large crowds when possible (71%), and 1 in 5 Americans say they have worked from home (22%).
- Only 5% of Americans say that they have not altered their routines specifically because of COVID-19, down from 11% last week, and down from 49% in early March.
President Trump’s approval rating remains stable.
- President Trump’s approval rating remains stable from last week at 44% but shows an increase since the first week of March (40%).
- Approval falls along party lines: President Trump holds the approval of 88% of Republican registered voters, and just 13% of Democratic registered voters.
- President Trump also enjoys the approval of half of Americans on employment and jobs (54%) and the U.S. economy (53%). Approval of his handling of COVID-19 remains stable at 48%.
Healthcare continues to be an increasing concern for Americans.
- Among all Americans, 29% believe that healthcare is the most important problem facing the country today, up from 17% in early January.
- A quarter of Americans (24%) are most concerned by jobs and the economy, up from 13% in early January.
- Over half of Americans (55%) feel the country is off on the wrong track, compared to 30% who say it is heading in the right direction.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between March 30-31, 2020 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 1,114 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 930 registered voters, 457 Democratic registered voters, 373 Republican registered voters, and 74 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 ± 3.7 percentage points for registered voters, ± 5.2 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, ± 5.8 percentage points for Republican registered voters, and ± 13.0 percentage points for independent registered voters.
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