Reuters/Ipsos Core Political: Presidential Approval Tracker (07/29/2020)

Americans are cynical about the direction of the country; Trump continues to trail Biden

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  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, July 29, 2020 –   The latest Reuters/Ipsos Core Political survey shows that Americans have reached the highest level of dissatisfaction with the direction of the country since President Donald Trump came into office. The economy, jobs, and healthcare are top of mind issues for many Americans. President Trump’s approval rating remains resilient but low. In the race for the presidency, former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead over President Trump.

Perceptions that the country is on the wrong track are at the highest levels recorded of the Trump administration, with 69% of Americans and 71% of registered voters saying the country is on the wrong track.

  • Republican registered voters are driving the increase in pessimism, with 48% saying the country is headed off on the wrong track, up 4 points from last week.
  • Nine in ten Democratic registered voters believe the country is headed off on the wrong track (90%), up 3 points from last week.

Right Direction/ Wrong Track

When asked about major issues facing the nation, Americans are primarily concerned with the economy and jobs (27%) and healthcare (21%).

  • Other issues continue to be major concerns for Americans (17%), with many volunteering coronavirus, partisanship, racism/inequality, and the current administration as the major issues facing the nation.
  • This week, Democratic registered voters are more concerned with healthcare (31%, a 5 point increase from last week) than the economy and jobs (22%). Twenty-one percent of Democratic registered voters also cite other issues as their main concern.
  • Republican registered voters are primarily concerned with the economy and jobs (34%), while just 13% are concerned with healthcare. About 15% are concerned with other issues.

Important Problem

President Trump’s job approval rating stands at 38% among all Americans, unchanged from last week.

  • Republican registered voters continue to back the President, with 81% approving of the job he is doing and 53% strongly approving.
  • Fewer than one in ten Democratic registered voters approve of the job Trump is doing (8%).
  • Trump’s approval on coronavirus mirrors his overall approval rating (38%) and is unchanged from last week.

Trump Approval


About half of registered voters say they would support former Vice President Biden (47%) if the election for president were held today and 38% say they would support President Trump.

  • Both men receive strong support from their respective parties, with over four in five Republican registered voters saying they would vote for Trump (83%) and 85% of Democratic registered voters saying they would support Biden.



About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between July 27-28, 2020 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 1,115 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 947 registered voters, 454 Democratic registered voters, 381 Republican registered voters, and 79 independent registered voters. 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 ± 3.3 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 ± 3.6 percentage points for all registered voters, ± 5.2 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, ± 5.7 percentage points for Republican registered voters, and ± 12.6 percentage points for independent registered voters. 

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The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs