Washington, DC, June 10, 2020 – The latest Reuters/Ipsos Core Political survey finds that former Vice President Joe Biden continues to have an edge over President Donald Trump in the race for the White House. The economy and jobs remain the most pressing issues for Americans. Trump’s overall approval rating remains stable.
When looking to the November election, 46% of registered voters report they will support Biden compared to 38% who will support Trump.
- Among Republican registered voters, Trump’s vote share remains high, with 78% reporting they would vote for Trump if the election were held today. However, this is a 6-point drop from last week.
- Four in five Democratic registered voters say they would vote for Biden if the election were held today (82%).
The economy and jobs is the number one issue for 30% of Americans, followed by healthcare (18%) and other issues (17%).
- Similar to last week, the number of Americans selecting “other” (17%) is higher than average, with many citing civil unrest, police brutality, and racism as their concern.
- Republican registered voters remain the most concerned with the economy and jobs (36%), followed distantly by other issues (14%) and healthcare (12%).
- Democratic registered voters are split evenly between concern over healthcare (26%) and concern over the economy and jobs (27%). Democrats are also more likely to say “other” as a main problem (21%), with many identifying racism, police brutality, civil unrest, and the current administration as the most important issue.
About two in five Americans approve of the job President Trump is doing as president (39%). A similar number of registered voters also approves (42%).
- Looking at specific issues, about half of Americans approve of his handling of the economy (50%) and employment (52%).
- When asked about his effort to unify the country, 38% of Americans approve.
- Forty-three percent approve of his handling of coronavirus.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between June 8-9, 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 931 registered voters, 434 Democratic registered voters, 381 Republican registered voters and 90 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 all registered voters, ± 5.4 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, ± 5.7 percentage points for Republican registered voters, and ± 11.8 percentage points for independent registered voters.
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