Reuters/Ipsos Core Political: Coronavirus Tracker (04/29/2020)

A growing number of Americans report that the economy and jobs are the most important problem in the country.

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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, April 29, 2020 — This week’s edition of the Reuters/Ipsos Core Political survey finds that President Trump’s approval rating remains flat. The economy and jobs combined with healthcare are on a majority of Americans' minds as the biggest issues the country faces. Americans continue to change their behaviors as they adapt to the coronavirus pandemic.

President Trump’s overall approval rating among all Americans remains at 42%, unchanged from last week.

  • Trump’s overall approval rating continues to be driven by partisanship: 85% of Republican registered voters approve, while just 11% of Democratic registered voters do.
  • Half of Americans approve of how Trump is handling the economy (52%) and jobs (52%), but fewer approve of how he is handling the impact of coronavirus (42%).


 Three in ten Americans report that the economy and jobs are the most important problem the country faces today (31%).

  • Republican registered voters are more likely to say the economy and jobs are the biggest issues (38%), compared to 28% of Democratic registered voters.
  • About a quarter of Americans say healthcare is the biggest problem (23%). Twenty-nine percent of Democratic registered voters say healthcare is the biggest problem, compared to just 16% of Republicans registered voters.



Half of Americans report they are voluntarily wearing masks out in public (55%) as a result of the coronavirus.

  • Americans continue to practice social distancing, with 7 in 10 reporting they are avoiding large gatherings (70%) and washing their hands more frequently (71%).
  • About 1 in 10 Americans reports having lost their job (9%), and another 13% say they have been furloughed through a forced closure but remain employed.  




About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between April 27-29, 2020 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 2,216 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 1,876 registered voters, 873 Democratic registered voters, 770 Republican registered voters and 174 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 ± 2.4 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 ± 2.6 percentage points for all registered voters, ± 3.8 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, ± 4.0 percentage points for Republican registered voters, and ± 8.5 percentage points for independent registered voters.

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The author(s)

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