2017 US Politics - President Trump’s Approval is More Positive (February 8)

Three weeks into President Trump’s administration and we seem to have hit a rough equilibrium. While Donald Trump remains the least popular president to take office, his supporters have held with him and the country remains evenly split.

2017 US Politics - President Trump’s Approval is More Positive (February 8)

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  • Chris Jackson Ipsos Public Affairs, US
  • Clifford Young Ipsos Public Affairs, US
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Trends

The economy is one again the top concern for Americans with nearly a fifth (17%) of all American reporting the economy as their biggest concern.

  • Terrorism is a close second (14%) for all Americans.
  • Democrats cite healthcare as their top concern (16%), whereas Republicans believe that the economy is their biggest concern (21%).

The number of Americans who say that American is headed in the wrong direction continues to climb, ticking up just slightly to 54% this week (up from 52% last week). Democrats (70%) and Independents (63%) feel a similar amount of pessimism, while Republicans are far more optimistic (32%).

Approval

President Trump’s approval ratings have climbed above his approval ratings for the first time since he took office, with just under one half (48%) approving of the job that he’s doing as President.

On specific issues, President Trump’s approval is more positive. Over half of Americans approve of the way he is handling employment and jobs (55%) and roughly half approve of his handling of the economy (53%). On the other hand, President gets low approval marks for his handling the environment (41% approve) and the way he treats ‘people like me’ (43% approve).

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters February 3-7, 2017 For the survey, a sample of 1,896 Americans, including 785 Democrats, 733 Republicans, 246 Independents ages 18+ were interviewed online.

The author(s)

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

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