Listen to The Point Being, a podcast from the Ipsos Polling Team, where Chris Jackson and Phil Elwood discuss this week’s numbers.
President Trump’s approval is now at 36%, essentially unchanged from last week (35%). Public approval of Trump’s handling of any of the issues of the day does not significantly exceed his overall approval. As Congress continues to struggle with tax reform, Trump’s approval on his handling of taxation has remained steady at 39%. With healthcare still a top priority among Americans (20%), Trump’s approval on his handling of healthcare reform is only 36%.
As both political parties prepare for the 2018 Midterms, overall approval of Congress is at 22%, half of the approval for individual Representatives (44%). The Democratic party (40%) leads the Republican party (31%) in the Generic Ballot Question. This 9-point lead is essentially unchanged over the last week.
Americans are again split on the next to leave the White House or Executive Branch according to the latest ‘Wh-Exit’ poll. While Rex Tillerson continues to top the list (15%), down nearly 10 points from 3 weeks ago (24% on Oct. 11). He’s closely followed by Jeff Sessions, Attorney General (14%) and John F. Kelly, Chief of Staff (10%).