Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (2/7/2018)

President Trump's approval rating holds steady, and healthcare remains top priority issue for Americans.

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  • Clifford Young President, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC - Following the State of the Union address last week, President Trump’s approval rating stands at 40% among all Americans, virtually unchanged from the previous week (41%). Democrats (13%), Independents (33%), and Republicans (80%) vary greatly in their positive perceptions of President Trump’s job performance. On a state-by-state basis, Trump’s approval has dropped in Montana, Nevada, and South Dakota, but risen in Iowa and Vermont. Wyoming, West Virginia, and Alaska continue to have the strongest perceptions of President Trump’s approval. 

Over half of Americans (55%) believe that America is on the wrong track, with healthcare (19%) continuing to be the top concern for Americans. The economy (12%) and immigration (12%) are tied for second as the most important problems facing America, and terrorism (11%) is a close third. Republicans are primarily concerned with immigration (20%) and terrorism (17%), while Independents and Democrats are concerned with healthcare (16% and 25%, respectively) and the economy (16% and 13%, respectively). 

When asked if the 2018 midterm elections were held today, Americans continue to give Democrats (38%) more vote share than Republicans (31%). Overall, Americans continue to be harsh in their evaluation of Congress’ job as a whole, with just one fifth of Americans (21%) approving. When asked about their own congressional representative, however, more Americans approved (44%) than disapproved (34%). 

About the Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters February 2 -6, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 3,110 Americans, including 1,271 Democrats,  1,157 Republicans, 440 Independents ages 18+ were interviewed online. The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.0 percentage points for all adults, 3.1 percentage points for Democrats, 3.3 percentage points for Republicans, 5.3 percentage points for Independents. For more information about credibility intervals, please see the appendix.
The data were weighted to the U.S. current population data by gender, age, education, and ethnicity. Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Figures marked by an asterisk (*) indicate a percentage value of greater than zero but less than one half of one per cent. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. To see more information on this and other Reuters/Ipsos polls, please visit
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Clifford Young
President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
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Chris Jackson
Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
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The author(s)

  • Clifford Young President, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs

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