Washington, DC - With the November midterm election rapidly approaching, Democrats continue to hold a lead of 11-points over Republicans among likely voters in the Reuters/Ipsos generic congressional ballot. Specifically, 51% of likely voters say they would vote for the Democratic candidate while 40% say they would vote for the Republican candidate. This week, Trump’s approval rating among all Americans is 43%, which is 4-points higher than last week’s rating of 39%. Among a list of issues, Americans think the issues that Trump is handling best are employment and jobs (53%), the US economy (51%), and dealing with ISIS/ISIL (47%).
When it comes to whether or not they approve of the way their Congressperson is handling their job as Representatives, over half of likely voters say they approve (53%). Republican likely voters (68%) are more likely than Democrat likely voters (46%) to share the sentiment. However, when it comes to Congress as a whole, only a fourth of likely voters say they approve (25%). Republican likely voters (43%) are again more likely than Democrat likely voters (13%) to say they approve.
Looking at the big picture, Americans are much more likely to report that the country is off on the wrong track (54%) than heading in the right direction (33%). The majorities of both likely voters (55%) and Democrat likely voters (86%) agree with this sentiment, while the majority of Republican likely voters say that the country is heading in the right direction (76%).
About this Study
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between October 10-16, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 2,237 Americans, including 1,194 likely voters, 537 likely voter Democrats, 476 likely voter Republicans, and 131 likely voter Independents ages 18+ were interviewed online. The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points for all adults, 3.2 percentage points for likely voters, 4.8 percentage points for likely voter Democrats, 5.1 percentage points for likely voter Republicans, and 9.8 percentage points for likely voter Independents. For more information about credibility intervals, please see the appendix.
The data were weighted to the U.S. current population data by gender, age, education, and ethnicity. Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online non-probability polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Figures marked by an asterisk (*) indicate a percentage value of greater than zero but less than one half of one per cent. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. To see more information on this and other Reuters/Ipsos polls, please visit http://polling.reuters.com/.
The data were weighted to the U.S. current population data by gender, age, education, and ethnicity. Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Figures marked by an asterisk (*) indicate a percentage value of greater than zero but less than one half of one per cent. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. To see more information on this and other Reuters/Ipsos polls, please visit http://polling.reuters.com/.
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