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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%).
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.
Populism or a Banana? The Rise of a New Political Agenda
At Ipsos, we are fundamentally asking two questions about our world today. One, are we seeing something significantly different when it comes to politics both domestically and globally? Put differently, have the drivers of politics changed? And second, what is going on? Many have called it populism, is that the case or is it something else (a banana)?