Washington, DC, June 24, 2020 – The latest edition of the Reuters/Ipsos Core Political shows Americans are pessimistic about the direction of the country. The economy and jobs remain the top of mind issue for about one third of Americans, but Republican registered voters are also shifting their focus to crime. President Donald Trump’s approval rating has leveled off among all Americans. Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains his lead over President Trump among registered voters in the race for the presidency.
Two-thirds of Americans (67%) report that the country is headed in the wrong direction, which is the highest percentage since President Trump took office in January 2017.
- A growing number of Republican registered voters say the country is headed in the wrong direction: 42% this week, compared to 31% in May and 21% February.
- Democratic registered voters continue to be dissatisfied with the direction of the country (85%, statistically unchanged for several months).
President Trump’s approval rating has leveled off to 39% this week among all Americans, ending its downward trend of the last several weeks.
- Democratic registered voters continue to be very critical of Trump (just 9% approve).
- Four in five Republican registered voters (81%) approve of his handling of the presidency, unchanged from last week.
Among registered voters, nearly half (47%) report they would vote for former Vice President Joe Biden compared to 37% who would vote for President Trump if the election were held today.
- Four in five Democratic registered voters (85%) report they would vote for Biden.
- Republican registered voters continue to support Trump (82%) in his bid for re-election
The economy and jobs remain the top issue for 29% of Americans, unchanged from last week.
- Healthcare (16%) and other issues (16%) are also top concerns for Americans.
- Democratic registered voters are more than twice as likely to say healthcare is the main concern (23%) than Republican registered voters (9%).
- Republican registered voters remain most concerned with the economy and jobs (30%), but concern has dropped 4 point since last week (34%). Concern over crime has jumped 6 points since last week to 13%. Other issues are also a concern for 13% of Republican registered voters, followed by morality (12%).
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between June 22-23, 2020 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 1,115 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 934 registered voters, 454 Democratic registered voters, 357 Republican registered voters and 86 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 int ended 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, ± 5.2 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, ± 5.9 percentage points for Republican registered voters, and ± 12.0 percentage points for independent registered voters.
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