Washington, DC, September 30, 2021 – Only a quarter of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction as the economy and public health remain the top concerns.
Democrats are split on the direction the country is headed in, with 41% believing it is headed in the right direction and 41% who say it is off on the wrong track. Republicans overwhelmingly believe the country is off on the wrong track (84%), and two-thirds (67%) of independents agree.
One out of every five (19%) Americans is most concerned about the economy, while 15% are most worried about public health. One in ten (11%) believe immigration is the most important problem, closely followed by 10% who believe it is the environment and climate.
Democrats are still most worried about public health (20%), the environment (17%), and the economy (14%). Republicans remain split between the economy (23%) and immigration (22%), while independents also believe the economy (28%) is the most important problem, with immigration (11%) coming in at a distant second.
The proportion of Americans who disapprove of President Biden’s performance in office remains higher than those who approve this week, with 50% disapproving and 46% approving.
Democrats remain largely loyal to President Biden, with 80% approving of his job as President, while only one-third (35%) of independents and 15% of Republicans do.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between September 29-30, 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 432 Democrats, 386 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 ± 5.4 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.7 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 10.3 percentage points for independents.
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