2019 US Politics - 17% of Americans view immigration as the most pressing issue

Americans are less optimistic about the direction of the country as the partial government shutdown continues with no resolution on the horizon.

2019 US Politics - 17% of Americans view immigration as the most pressing issue

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  • Chris Jackson Ipsos Public Affairs, US
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Ipsos Public Affairs, US
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While the partial government shutdown remains in effect, the number of Americans who believe the country is headed in the right direction has decreased by 3 points this week, to just 30%. A majority of Republicans (62%) remain positive about the direction of the country, while Independents (28%) and Democrats (11%) are much less optimistic. 

Four in ten Americans (40%) approve of the way President Trump is handling his job as president. Most of his support comes from his Republican base, with 80% of Republicans approving of the job he is doing, including 49% who strongly approve of his job performance. Democrats remain highly critical of President Trump, with just 12% approving of the work he is doing, and 75% strongly disapproving of how he is handling the presidency. President Trump continues to receive moderate support on his policies towards immigration (41%), his signature issue and the main sticking point of the government shutdown. When it comes to employment and jobs, perceptions of Trump policies are more positive, with a majority of Americans supporting his policies (51%).

As Democrats took control of the House of Representatives last week, Democrats are reporting a significant increase in approval of their individual representatives, up ten points from last week to 53%. Republicans remain positive about their individual representatives (50% approve), however, fewer Republicans approve of the job Congress is doing as a whole compared to last week, down six points to 26%. 

While the government remains partially shutdown because of a dispute over funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, 17% of Americans view immigration as the most pressing issue facing the nation. This number is steady from last week. Healthcare (16%) is closely behind immigration, following by the economy (12%). Republicans (32%) are four times as likely to view immigration as a major issue compared to Democrats (8%) and twice as likely as Independents (16%). 

About this Study
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between January 2-8, 2019. For the survey, a sample of 2,201 Americans, including 886 Democrats, 714 Republicans, and 348 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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