Ipsos Core Political : Presidential Approval Tracker (09/23/2021)

The economy and public health remain Americans' most important issues as President Biden's approval rating remains at 44%

The author(s)

  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, September 23, 2021 – President Biden’s approval rating remains at its lowest point as the economy and public health remain at the forefront of Americans’ minds.

Americans are most concerned about the economy (18%), public health (16%), immigration (11%), and the healthcare system (8%).

Main issues Americans are facing

Concern over immigration (24%) among Republicans has increased and become the most pressing issue for them, and is followed closely behind by the economy (20%). For Democrats, immigration (3%) is at the other end of their priorities, with public health (22%) topping the list instead. The same is the case for independents, 23% are most concerned about public health, followed by 21% that see the economy as the most important problem.

Main issues Americans are facing by party id

President Biden’s approval rating remains at its lowest this week, with only 44% of Americans approving of his performance.  

Biden Approval

Four out of five Democrats approve of President Biden’s performance as president, but only 39% of independents and 9% of Republicans do. 

Biden Approval by party id

Half of Americans approve of the way President Biden has handled COVID-19, while 46% approve of his handling of the environment, and 45% of his job with racial inequality and employment. His lowest ratings come for corruption (34%) and immigration (35%).

Issue ApprovalDemocrats continue to give Biden high marks on most issues, with their lowest ratings coming in for corruption (58%), immigration (63%), and international trade (63%). Independents give Biden his highest marks on COVID-19 (49%) while the highest approval that Republicans give him is 22% for the environment.

Issue Approval party id

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between September 22-23, 2021. For this survey, a sample of 1,005 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 436 Democrats, 354 Republicans, and 123 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 ± 5.4 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.9 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 10.1 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)

  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs