Washington, DC- The latest Reuters/Ipsos Core Political was released today.
- Overall, 55% of Americans believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction, with
Republicans (53%) and Democrats (54%) having about the same amount of pessimism.
Significantly more Independents (63%) believe that the country off on the wrong track.
- The economy remains at the top of the list of the most serious problem facing the United
States, at 19%
- President Obama’s approval rating has risen to 54% approve, with disapproval at 41%
- Mike Pence is enjoying higher favorability since the election with over half (54%) of
Americans favorable towards the Vice President-Elect. However, less than half (46%) are
currently favorable towards President-Elect Donald Trump.
- As President-Elect Trump announces potential appointments for the new administration,
we will be gauging the American public’s opinion of those candidates. This week:
- David Petraeus is the best known and the most highly regarded with 75% of Americans
aware of him and 54% of those who are aware of him, hold favorable opinions towards him.
- Jon Huntsman is tied for second best well known (61%) with over half (52%) of these
viewing him as favorable.
- Tom Price (61% aware, 45% favorable), Steve Mnuchin (55% aware, 45% favorable), and
Michael T. Flynn (60% aware, 46% favorable) are known by over half of all Americans,
however each of them are regarded as favorable by less than half of those aware.
- James N. Mattis is the second least known, with 58% familiar with him. However, he also is
the second most highly regarded, with 53% of those familiar viewing him as favorable.
- President-Elect Trump’s personnel moves to date have diminished Americans’ confidence.
After last week’s jump to 40%, this week only 33% of Americans said that Donald Trump’s
choices for his cabinet make them feel more confident about the new administration. 44% of
Americans are saying that his choices make them feel less confident.
Topline results are available for download on the right side of the page.
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters December 9-13,
2016. For the survey, a sample of 1,208 Americans, including 512 Democrats, 436
Republicans, 154 Independents ages 18+
were interviewed online. The precision of the
Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case,
the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points for all adults, 4.9
percentage points for Democrats, 5.4 percentage points for Republicans, 9.0 percentage
points for Independents. For more information about credibility intervals, please see the
The data were weighted to the U.S. current population data by gender, age, education,
and ethnicity. Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online polls. All sample surveys
and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error
and measurement error. Figures marked by an asterisk (*) indicate a percentage value of
greater than zero but less than one half of one per cent. Where figures do not sum to 100, this
is due to the effects of rounding. To see more information on this and other Reuters/Ipsos
polls, please visit http://polling.reuters.com/.
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President, US Public Affairs
Ipsos Public Affairs
Ipsos Public Affairs
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