2017 US Politics - Healthcare Reform May Be Negatively Impacting President Trump’s Approval Rating (March 15)

It’s unclear whether striking the word “affordable” from the Republican healthcare reform act was the cause for the lackluster public response – but the numbers, contrary to some of our polling peers, show little confidence in Speaker Ryan’s plan for the repeal and replace of Obamacare. Reuters will be releasing the exact numbers on this in the next 24 hours, so we encourage everyone to look out for that.

2017 US Politics - Healthcare Reform May Be Negatively Impacting President Trump’s Approval Rating (March 15)

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  • Chris Jackson Ipsos Public Affairs, US
  • Clifford Young Ipsos Public Affairs, US
  • Julia Clark Ipsos Public Affairs, US
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This week’s Reuters / Ipsos numbers indicate that healthcare reform may be negatively impacting President Trump’s approval rating. Firstly, healthcare has - for the first time ever - risen to the top issue of concern for Americans, at 16%. And second, after a good show in his numbers last week – likely lagging his speech to Congress – the President’s disapproval rating has climbed once again to 49%, while his approval numbers remain flat.

Half (51%) of the country believes that we are headed in the “wrong direction” and 32% think the nation is headed in the “right direction.” One in six (17%) aren’t quite sure which. On the economy, 52% of the public believe that Trump is doing a solid job with the economy, with 37% disapproving. The President’s rating on the environment is worse and has declined, with 39% approval and 45% disapproval. And finally, nearly half (48%) disapprove of the President’s job performance on “treating people like me.”

Topline results are available for download on the right side of the page.

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters March 10-14, 2017 For the survey, a sample of 1,750 Americans, ages 18+ were interviewed online.

The author(s)

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

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