2017 US Politics - 24% of Americans Believe the US is Heading in the Right Direction (November 22)

In the latest Reuters/Ipsos Core Political, President Trump’s approval is 36%.

2017 US Politics - 24% of Americans Believe the US is Heading in the Right Direction (November 22)

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  • Clifford Young Ipsos Public Affairs, US
  • Julia Clark Ipsos Public Affairs, US
  • Chris Jackson Ipsos Public Affairs, US
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As Americans prepare for political debates around the Thanksgiving dinner table (or prepare to avoid them), two thirds continue to believe the US is on off on the wrong track (63%). While only 24% of Americans believe the US is heading in the right direction, partisan differences are stark with 52% of Republicans saying the country is headed in the right direction compared to 6% of Democrats.

Republicans and Democrats also do not see eye-to-eye on the main problem facing the country. More Democrats (24%) say it is healthcare while more Republicans (20%) say it is terrorism.

President Trump’s approval rating has remained steady, with 36% approving of him, but also is highly partisan. Three quarters of Republicans (75%) approve of the president compared to only 8% of Democrats. His strongest issues include employment and jobs (44%), dealing with ISIS/ISIL (44%) and the economy (42%). While Congress continues to debate tax reform, Trump has struggled to raise his approval on taxation (now at 36%, down from 40% last week).

One in five Americans guess that Jeff Session will be the next to resign or be terminated according to our latest ‘Wh-Exit’ poll.

Ipsos’ Generic Ballot Question for 2018 suggests that Democrats continue to enjoy a sizable advantage, up +9 points from Republicans (37% Democrat vs. 28% Republican). Independents are currently also breaking towards Democrats at 26% Dem vs. 14% Repub (with 16% other and 44% not voting).

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters November 17-22, 2017. For the survey, a sample of 1,489 Americans, including 587 Democrats, 493 Republicans, 229 Independents ages 18+ were interviewed online.

The author(s)

  • Clifford Young Ipsos Public Affairs, US
  • Julia Clark Ipsos Public Affairs, US
  • Chris Jackson Ipsos Public Affairs, US

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