Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (01/31/2018)

President Trump's approval rating has jumped to 41%

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  • Clifford Young President, US, Public Affairs
  • Julia Clark Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington DC - President Trump’s approval rating is currently at 41% among all Americans. Republicans continue to give President Trump high marks on his performance, with four in five approving of the job he is doing as president (80%). Independents and Democrats are much less generous in their evaluations of President Trump’s performance, with just one third of Independents (31%) and one in ten Democrats (13%) approving of the job he is doing. 

Currently, over half of Americans (54%) believe things in America are headed off on the wrong track. This sentiment is most strongly held by Democrats (77%) and Independent (64%). Just a quarter of Republicans (24%) believe America is headed in the wrong direction. Healthcare (18%), terrorism (13%), and immigration (12%) top the list of most important problems in America. Democrats and Independents are more likely to say that healthcare (24% and 21% respectively) is the biggest priority, whereas Republicans are more likely to say that immigration (20%) is the most pressing issue of the day. 

Americans continues to be more likely to say they approve of their individual representative in Congress (42%) than the body of Congress as a whole (25%). A plurality of Americans report that if the elections for Congress were held today, they would vote for a Democrat (37%) and a third of Americans (31%) report they would vote for a Republican.

About the Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters January 26-30, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 1,856 Americans, including 804 Democrats,632 Republicans, 265 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 2.6 percentage points for all adults, 3.9 percentage points for Democrats, 4.4 percentage points for Republicans, 6.9 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

Julia Clark
Senior Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs

Chris Jackson
Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs

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The author(s)

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

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