Four in ten Americans (43%) approve of the job President Trump is doing as president, unchanged from last week. Trump's support is driven primarily by his Republican base, where 83% approve of his job performance. Democrats (15%) and Independents (35%) are much more critical.
One-third of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction - this is also unchanged from last week. More than half of Americans (54%) believe that the country is headed on the wrong track, up one-point from last week. Republicans are most optimistic about the direction of the country, with 68% reporting America is headed in the right direction. Just 14% of Democrats and 22% of Independents feel the same way.
A majority of Americans continue to approve of the way President Trump is handling the economy (50%) and employment and jobs (51%). Americans are much more likely to be critical of Trump's handling of Russia (36%), the environment (36%), and corruption (38%).
Healthcare and immigration are tied this week for the most important problem America faces - both at 19%. More Democrats continue to see healthcare (27%) as a more important problem than immigration (11%), while Republicans view immigration (32%) as the most important problem, compared to healthcare (12%). Independents view healthcare (17%) and the economy (16%) as the most pressing issue.
About this Study
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between December 12-18, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 2,201 Americans, including 902 Democrats, 783 Republicans, and 280 Independents ages 18+ were interviewed online.