2017 US Politics - Trump is Facing Important Issue Today (April 18)

In the latest Reuters/Ipsos Core Political, many are confident in President Trump’s dealing with ISIS/ISIL and his handling of terrorism.

2017 US Politics - Trump is Facing Important Issue Today (April 18)

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  • Clifford Young Ipsos Public Affairs, US
  • Julia Clark Ipsos Public Affairs, US
  • Chris Jackson Ipsos Public Affairs, US
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Following a week focused on foreign conflicts, many are confident in President Trump’s dealing with ISIS/ISIL and his handling of terrorism. It is likely these numbers are tied to recent US action in Syria and the ongoing conflict with North Korea. Despite strong support in certain areas, President Trump’s overall job approval stands at 43%, from 46% when he assumed office. He continues to struggle with approval on his handling of the environment (37% approve) and the way he treats people like me, (39%). President Trump’s handling of taxation also consistently scores only 41% approval, a worrying sign if the Republican Congress pursues tax reform in the coming weeks.  

On the most important issue facing the US today, there’s a statistical tie between the economy, terrorism and healthcare. Notably, there’s an increased focus on war and foreign conflicts, now up to 10% from 3% in our last core political. This number rose most significantly for Democrats, up 10 percentage points since last time. This is also likely tied to the recent focus on foreign policy and US actions in Syria.

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters April 13-17, 2017 For the survey, a sample of 1,843 Americans, ages 18+ were interviewed online.

The author(s)

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

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