Ipsos Core Political : Presidential Approval Tracker (08/12/2021)

Americans, particularly Democrats, are increasingly concerned about public health and want President Biden to prioritize handling COVID-19

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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 12, 2021 – Concern over public health and the healthcare system has increased as President Biden’s approval stands at 51% this week.

Public health (17%) is now the top concern among Americans, followed closely behind by the economy (16%), and the healthcare system in fourth place at 10%.

Main issues Americans are facing

Concern about public health (23%) has increased among Democrats and remains the top issue, followed by the environment and climate (19%), and the economy (12%). Meanwhile, Republicans continue to believe the economy and immigration are most important (18%) for both, with only 13% citing public health and 3% citing the environment as most important. Finally, independents are back to being most concerned about the economy (22%), followed by public health at 13%.

Main issues Americans are facing by party id President Biden’s approval rating has yet to recover and stands at 51% this week.


Biden Approval

Nearly nine in ten Democrats approve of President Biden’s performance in office, while only 44% of independents and 17% of Republicans do.


Biden Approval by party id

Going along with the increased concern over public health, most Americans now want President Biden to prioritize addressing COVID-19, likely as a result of the rise in cases due to the Delta variant.


Democrats are the ones driving COVID-19’s (53%) high placement on the priority list, with an increase in 22 percentage points since they were last asked in early July. Meanwhile, Republicans think Biden should focus on the economy (39%) and immigration (37%).

Priorities by party id

Over half of Americans approve of the way President Biden has been handling the coronavirus pandemic, while a little under half approve of his handling of the environment, economy, racial inequality, and employment and jobs. This reflects a minor decrease in approval when compared to early July.

Biden Issue Approval

A closer look at these approval numbers reveals that it is his Democratic base that is driving his high ratings on most issues, with Republicans least likely to approve of his performance on all issues.

Biden issue approval by party id

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between August 11-12, 2021. For this survey, a sample of 1,002 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 416 Democrats, 375 Republicans, and 117 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 ± 5.5 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.8 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 10.3 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