Ipsos Core Political : Presidential Approval Tracker (08/05/2021)

Americans' optimism about the direction the country is headed in has decreased, as has President Biden's approval rating

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  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, August 5, 2021 – President Biden’s approval rating dipped to 50% this week as only 29% of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction.

Less than one in three (29%) Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction. Just two months ago, it was 35% of Americans, indicating decreased optimism as the summer progresses. At this point last year though, only 22% believed the country was headed in the right direction with the only difference being that back then Republicans were most optimistic whereas it is now Democrats.


The economy and public health continue to be the top issues for Americans, followed by the healthcare system and immigration.

Main issues Americans are facing

Public health (18%) remains the top issue among Democrats but the economy is not far behind at 16% and the healthcare system is in third at 14%. Republicans continue to believe that the economy (21%) is most important, followed by immigration (19%), and crime or corruption in third at 11%. Finally, independents are now also most concerned about public health (19%) after previously agreeing with Republicans that the economy was, with the economy now in second place at 16%.

Main issues Americans are facing by party id

President Biden’s approval rating has dipped to 50% this week after holding steady at 54% the past couple weeks.

Biden Approval

Biden’s lower approval rating this week appears to be primarily driven by decreased approval among Democrats.

Biden Approval by party id

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between August 4-5, 2021. For this survey, a sample of 1,004 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 383 Democrats, 415 Republicans, and 120 independents. 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 ± 3.5 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 ± 5.7 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.5 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 10.2 percentage points for independents.  

For more information on this news release, please contact:

Chris Jackson
Senior Vice President, US
Public Affairs
+1 202 420-2025
[email protected]

Kate Silverstein
Media Relations, US
Public Affairs
+1 718 755-8829
[email protected]

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The author(s)

  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs