2018 US Politics - Republicans continue to be the most optimistic about the direction of the country

President Trump continues to receive moderate support for his handling of international trade following the G20 summit in Argentina.

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  • Chris Jackson Ipsos Public Affairs, US
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Ipsos Public Affairs, US
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This week, President Trump’s approval rating has dipped slightly from the Thanksgiving holiday boost, down 3-points to 41% among all Americans. Republicans (82%) continue to strongly approve of the job that Trump is doing, while Democrats remain highly critical, with just 14% approving. Just one- third (32%) of the public says that the country is heading in the right direction, this perception is relatively unchanged from last week (33%). Republicans continue to be the most optimistic about the direction of the country, with two-thirds (64%) reporting that America is headed in the right direction. Democrats overwhelmingly feel America is headed off on the wrong track (79%).

When it comes the major issues facing the nation, healthcare (20%) and immigration (17%) remain at the top of mind for most Americans. Democrats are more likely to say healthcare is the biggest problem facing the country (26%) more than any other issue. Republicans report that immigration (30%) is the biggest problem America faces.

President Trump continues to receive moderate approval of his handling of international trade (41%) following the summit of G20 world leaders in Argentina this past weekend and reports that President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed American/Chinese trade relations. Trump continues to receive the strongest support for his handling of employment and jobs (52%), and his lowest approval ratings on his handling of another G20 country – Russia (34%).

The bump in approval that Congress enjoyed following the midterm election has bounced back to 26% - a four-point drop from mid-November. Americans continue to be more likely to approve of their individual Representative, with almost half (45%) of Americans saying they support their Congressperson.

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between November 28-December 4, 2018. For the survey, a sample of 2,401 Americans, including 906 Democrats, 780 Republicans, and 390 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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