Washington, DC, August 26, 2021 – Americans are torn on the most important problem facing the country. President Biden’s approval rating stands at just under half of Americans.
Sixteen percent of Americans say public health is the biggest problem facing the country, followed by 15% who say it is the economy.
Partisanship continues to determine the perceived importance of problems. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say that the economy is the most important problem (23% and 8% respectively) and Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say that public health is the most important problem (21% and 8% respectively).
About half of Americans (49%) say they approve of how Joe Biden is handling his job as president.
Republicans are extremely critical of Biden’s performance, with just 10% saying they approve. Democrats are supportive (86% approve). Over two in five independents (45%) say they approve of how Biden is handling the presidency.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between August 25-26, 2021. For this survey, a sample of 1,006 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 410 Democrats, 359 Republicans, and 137 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, ± 5.9 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 9.5 percentage points for independents.
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