Ipsos/Reuters Poll: Economy

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Washington, DC - These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Reuters from June 7-11, 2012. A summary of the findings is listed below.

The economy, and by extension President Obama, have had a rough month.

  • 32% of Americans believe the country is on the right track, down 3 points from last month.
  • Approval of Obama’s job performance is also down 3 points -- currently at 47% -- from 50% in our May poll.
  • This rough patch for Obama has occurred as Republican Mitt Romney continues to solidify his base. Currently the head to head matchup between the two men is a statistical dead heat (Obama 45%, Romney 44%) among registered voters.
  • If this election is about the economy, we are in for a tight race. Currently voters are split between believing Obama (43%) or Romney (46%) are stronger on jobs and the economy.

Government Impact on the Economy

  • A large majority of Americans think that Congress has done more harm than good to the US economy (70%). Only one in five (21%) say they think that Congress has helped the economy recover.
    • These results are consistent across parties with majorities of Democrats (66%) and Republicans (79%) saying Congress has done more harm than good.
    • That unanimity, however, is shattered when considering which party is at fault for this state. Republicans mostly blame Democrats (79%) and Democrats mostly blame Republicans (81%). Independents, perhaps fatigued by it all, blame both sides equally (28% Dem, 28% Repub).
  • Barack Obama gets better marks for trying to help the economy, but attitudes are deeply fragmented by political identification.
    • Overall, more Americans think Obama has helped (50%) than hurt (44%).
    • Democrats give the President high marks (80% helped).
    • Republicans give Obama poor reviews (80% hurt).
    • Independents are split (40% helped, 39% hurt).

Healthcare Reform Update

  • Support for the PPACA or Obamacare remains almost unchanged from shortly after the law was passed. Currently 45% favor the law while 44% oppose it.

More data and full technical details are available in the topline document attached.

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Chris Jackson
Research Director, Public Sector Practice
Ipsos Public Affairs

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Ipsos/Reuters Poll: Economy

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