2019 US Politics - 55% Americans believe America is headed off on the wrong track

Amid the partial government shutdown, Americans' sentiments toward the direction of the country and elected officials remains unchanged.

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  • Chris Jackson Public Affairs, US
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Ipsos Public Affairs, US
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As we enter the new year with the federal government still under a partial shutdown, over half of Americans (55%) believe America is headed off on the wrong track, while just one-third of Americans (33%) believe America is headed in the right direction. Democrats are the most likely to say America is headed off on the wrong track (81%), compared to more than half of Independents (56%) and a quarter of Republicans (24%) who feel the same way.

President Trump's approval rating stands at 41% among all Americans, statistically unchanged from recent weeks. Trump's Republican base continues to support him, with 81% reporting they approve of the job he is doing as president, and 47% strongly approving. Democrats (12%) and Independents (36%) are much less likely to approve of Trump's performance. When thinking of specific issues, about half of Americans approve of Trump's handling of employment and jobs (52%) and the U.S. economy (49%). Americans are much less likely approve of Trump's performance on corruption (35%), Russia (36%), the environment (36%), and healthcare (38%). On the President’s signature issue of immigration, public support for his position is only marginally better at 42%.

Congressional approval during the shutdown has remained statistically unchanged, with 26% of Americans approving of Congress as a whole, and 43% approving of their individual representative.

One-in-five Americans considers healthcare (19%) to be the most important problem facing America today, followed by immigration (17%), the economy (11%) and morality (11%). Republicans and Democrats continue to have different priorities when considering the biggest issues. One third of Republicans (31%) view immigration as the biggest problem, and nearly a quarter of Democrats (23%) view healthcare as the biggest problem.

About this Study
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019. For the survey, a sample of 2,482 Americans, including 1,042 Democrats, 881 Republicans, and 301 Independents ages 18+ were interviewed online.

The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Public Affairs, US
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Ipsos Public Affairs, US

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