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.