2018 US Politics - 23% of Americans report that healthcare is the most important problem facing the US today (November 14)

Following the midterm elections, President Trump's approval rating remains steady.

2018 US Politics - 23% of Americans report that healthcare is the most important problem facing the US today (November 14)

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  • Chris Jackson Ipsos Public Affairs, US
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Ipsos Public Affairs, US
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A week after the midterm elections, President Trump’s approval rating remains steady – 43% of all Americans approve of the job he is doing as president. Support of President Trump’s job performance falls along party lines, with 86% of Republicans approving compared to just 12% of Democrats. One-third of Americans (35%) believe that the country is headed in the right direction. Despite winning control of the House of Representatives last week, just 13% of Democrats consider the country to be on the right path. Republicans are much more optimistic, with 69% reporting they believe America is going in the right direction.

While Americans continue to be split about the most important problem facing that nation, with no issue taking a clear majority, healthcare (23%) continues to be at the top of the list, followed by immigration (15%). Democrats are much more like to say healthcare (33%) is the biggest issue, while Republicans believe it is immigration (28%). Thirty-nine percent of Americans approve of how Trump is handling healthcare reform, and 44% approve of his policies on immigration. Trump receives the strongest support on employment (54%) and the economy (51%).

While we enter a lame-duck period for Congress, Americans are more likely to approve of their individual representatives (42%) than the body as a whole (26%). Democrats are the most critical, with 70% reporting they disapprove of how Congress is handling its job.

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between November 7-13, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 2,149 Americans, including 910 Democrats, 815 Republicans, and 248 Independents ages 18+ were interviewed online.

The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Ipsos Public Affairs, US
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Ipsos Public Affairs, US

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