Washington, DC, April 8, 2020 — This week's Reuters/Ipsos Core Political shows Americans are increasingly adjusting their lives around the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, fewer Americans think that the country is headed in the right direction, and approval on the president’s handling of the pandemic has decreased. Healthcare and the economy continue to be the issues that concern Americans the most.
President Trump’s approval rating has dipped back after a brief bounce.
- President Trump’s approval rating has returned to 40% among all Americans.
- Approval continues to fall along party lines: President Trump holds the approval of 86% of Republican registered voters, and just 9% of Democratic registered voters.
- American approval of the president on his handling of COVID-19 has dropped six points from last week (48%) to 42%.
Americans are continuing to practice social distancing and hygienic practices to slow the spread of the virus.
- Three-quarters (75%) of Americans are washing their hands more frequently because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Americans are practicing social distancing; three in four are avoiding physical contact such as handshakes (73%) or avoiding large crowds when possible (77%).
Healthcare and the economy are the seen as the top issues facing the nation.
- Among all Americans, over a quarter (27%) believe that healthcare is the most important problem facing the country today.
- Another quarter of Americans are concerned about jobs and the economy (26%).
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between April 6-7, 2020 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 1,116 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 989 registered voters, 480 Democratic registered voters, 376 Republican registered voters, and 73 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, ± 5.1 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, ± 5.8 percentage points for Republican registered voters, and ± 13.1 percentage points for independent registered voters.
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