Listen to The Point Being, a podcast from the Ipsos Polling Team, where Chris Jackson and Mallory Newall discuss this week’s numbers.
With Congressional Republicans on the verge of passing the largest tax reform bill in decades on Wednesday, overall Congressional approval remains low (21%). Self-identified Democrats are particularly disapproving of Congress giving the institution a 16% approval rating. Rank and file Republicans are a little more positive, but even they only give Congress a 30% approval score.
Echoing Congress, President Trump's approval rating also remains near its record low level, this week at 35%. However, Republicans continue to back the President in large numbers, currently at 76% approve.
The broad antipathy to Congress and the President is potentially fueling Democratic disgruntlement to the tune of a 12-percentage point advantage on the 2018 generic Congressional ballot question. Currently, 39% of Americans would vote for a Democrat versus 27% voting for a Republican if the midterms were held today.
Healthcare (17%), terrorism (15%), and the economy (11%) remain the top three issues facing the US today, with party lines continuing to dictate priorities. Nearly a quarter of Democrats (22%) believe healthcare is the most important problem facing the US, while a similar percentage of Republicans (23%) count terrorism as the most important.
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters November December 15-19, 2017. For the survey, a sample of 2,492 Americans, including 1,089 Democrats, 764 Republicans, 336 Independents ages 18+ were interviewed online.