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.

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

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

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