Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (12/21/2016)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Washington, DC- The latest Reuters/Ipsos Core Political was released today.


  • Overall, 59% of Americans believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction, with Republicans (61%) and Democrats (57%) having a fair amount of pessimism. More Independents (68%) believe that the country is off on the wrong track.
  • The economy remains at the top of the list of the most serious problem facing the United States, at 18%.


  • President Obama’s approval rating has risen to 56% approve, with disapproval at 41%.
  • Mike Pence’s favorability has continued to rise since the election, with over half (58%) of Americans favorable towards the Vice President-Elect. Just over half (52%) are currently favorable towards President-Elect Donald Trump.

Trump Administration

  • 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:
    • Rex Tillerson is the best known and tied for the least highly regarded, with 58% of Americans aware of him and only 49% of those holding favorable opinions towards him.
    • Elaine Chao is the second best known (51%) and is tied for most highly regarded with over half (56%) of Americans who are aware of her perceiving her favorably.
    • Less than half of Americans are aware of both Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Andrew Puzder (43% each). However, while Puzder has the same low favorability as Tillerson (49%), Rodgers ties Chao with 56% of those aware of her perceiving her favorably.
  • President-Elect Trump’s personnel moves to date have begun to boost Americans’ confidence. After last week’s dip to 33%, this week 37% of Americans said that Donald Trump’s choices for his cabinet make them feel more confident about the new administration. However, more Americans (40%) 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 16- 20, 2016. For the survey, a sample of 2,065 Americans, including 960 Democrats, 727 Republicans, 216 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 2.5 percentage points for all adults, 3.6 percentage points for Democrats, 4.1 percentage points for Republicans, 7.6 percentage points for Independents. For more information about credibility intervals, please see the appendix.

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

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Clifford Young
President, US Public Affairs
Ipsos Public Affairs

Chris Jackson
Vice President
Ipsos Public Affairs

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Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (12/21/2016)

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Chris Jackson
Vice President, US
Ipsos Public Affairs
Clifford Young
President, US
Ipsos Public Affairs