The economy remains the top concern for Americans with nearly a fifth (16%) of all Americans reporting the economy as their biggest concern.
- Healthcare (14%) and terrorism (13%) are also top concerns for Americans. Once again, Democrats cite healthcare as their top concern (17%), whereas Republicans are equally concerned about economy (18%) and terrorism (18%).
The number of Americans who say that American is headed in the wrong direction dropped slightly this week, down to 52% (down from 54% last week). Nearly three-quarters of Democrats (72%) feel that the country is heading in the wrong direction compared with just 30% of Republicans.
President Trump’s approval rating has dropped below his disapproval rating once again, with just under one half (46%) approving of the job that he’s doing as President.
On specific issues, President Trump’s approval continues to shine a more positive light. Over half of Americans approve of the way he is handling employment and jobs (53%) and roughly half approve of his handling of the economy (52%). On the other hand, the President continues to get low approval marks for his handling the environment (40% approve) and the way he treats ‘people like me’ (40% approve).
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters February 10-14, 2017 For the survey, a sample of 1,774 Americans, including 802 Democrats, 644 Republicans, 194 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)?