Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (1/25/2017)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Washington, DC- Less than a week into his new job, fewer than half of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s job performance,” described Chris Jackson of Ipsos. “His smart money would be to stay focused on the economy and jobs, where a majority of Americans think he’s doing a good job. Wading into the ACA fight puts Trump on less positive footing with public sentiment he might want to avoid.


  • With the recent focus on repealing the ACA, healthcare has climbed to be the #2 issue for Americans (top issue for 15% of the country). Democrats are significantly more worried about healthcare (21%) than Republicans (10%).
    • The economy remains top of mind for most Americans, with nearly a fifth (19%) of all American reporting the economy as their biggest concern.
  • Overall, 59% of Americans believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction. Democrats (67%) and Independents (64%) feel a similar amount of pessimism, while Republicans are far more optimistic (47%).


  • President Trump’s first approval ratings have him with just under one half of Americans approving of him (43%). Slightly more say that they disapprove of the job that he’s doing (45%).
  • On specific issues, President Trump’s approval is more positive. Over half of Americans approve of the way he is handling employment and jobs (53%) and roughly half approve of his handling of the economy (49%). However, on all issues a substantial minority (~20%) do not know enough to volunteer an opinion.

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These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters January January 20-24, 2017 For the survey, a sample of 1,633 Americans, including 680 Democrats, 557 Republicans, 228 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 2.8 percentage points for all adults, 4.3 percentage points for Democrats, 4.7 percentage points for Republicans, 7.4 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 (1/25/2017)

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