2017 US Politics - 58% of Americans Say the Country is Off on the Wrong Track (December 6)

President Trump’s approval rating is now 37%.

2017 US Politics - 58% of Americans Say the Country is Off on the Wrong Track (December 6)

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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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Listen to The Point Being, a podcast from the Ipsos Polling Team, where Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood discuss this week’s numbers.

Broadly speaking, the American public is not happy with the direction of the country, with 58% of adults saying we are off on the wrong track. However, no one single issue dominates their concerns, with terrorism (16%) and healthcare (17%) tied as the most frequently cited issue.

American public approval of President Trump’s job performance remains low, but stable, at 37% - with Republicans continuing to overwhelmingly support the President while most others disapprove. 

A week after reporting of White House plans to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the American public is ranking him as the next most likely to go in the “Ipsos WH-Exit poll”. Currently 22% of Americans say Tillerson is most likely to resign or be terminated followed by previous front-runner Jeff Sessions at 14%. 

Also out this week, Ipsos’ Perils of Perception About trend series reveals that Americans consistently assume the worst across a broad range of topics from terrorism and crime to sugar consumption. For example, almost all citizens from the 38 countries surveyed overestimate murder rates in their country.

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters November December 1-5, 2017. For the survey, a sample of 1,548 Americans, 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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