President Trump continues to garner support from his base, with Republicans (83%) overwhelmingly approving of the job he is doing as president. The American public as a whole is more tempered in their feelings, with just 43% approving of Trump’s job performance. Democrats (12%) are the least likely to approve of his job performance.
Just one-third of Americans (34%) believe that the country is headed in the right direction, while more than half (53%) report they believe America is on the wrong track. Among those who believe the country is on the wrong track, just 15% approve of the job Trump is doing as president. Conversely, 91% of those who believe we are headed in the right direction approve of President Trump.
When it comes to specific issues, Americans approve of the way Trump is handling employment and jobs (52%) and the economy generally (49%). However, Americans are more critical of Trump’s policies towards the environment (35%), Russia (37%), and the way he treats everyday people (36%). Americans give Trump mixed approval on immigration, with 44% approving of his policies, but Americans are less likely to approve of his handling of healthcare reform (39%).
Healthcare (18%) and immigration (17%) continue to be perceived as the most pressing issues facing the country among Americans. Republicans (31%) and those who believe America is headed in the right direction (32%) perceive immigration as the most important problem. Interestingly, those who believe we are headed in the wrong direction view healthcare (19%) as the largest problem, but also see the economy (12%), and morality (11%) as major issues. Immigration is seen as the most important issue for 9% of Americans who believe the country is headed off on the wrong track. Democrats continue to view healthcare as the most important problem (21%).
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between December 5-11, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 2,257 Americans, including 905 Democrats, 830 Republicans, and 290 Independents ages 18+ were interviewed online.