Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (2/15/2017)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Washington, DC- President Donald Trump sees his job approval ratings underwater in the Reuters/Ipsos poll for the first time since assuming office with 50% of the public disapproving of his performance. The data indicates that all the furor around foreign policy is not playing to what the public perceives are his strengths, which remain the economy and jobs.

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  • The economy remains the top concern for Americans with nearly a fifth (16%) of all Americans reporting the economy as their biggest concern.
    • Healthcare (14%) and terrorism (13%) are also top concerns for Americans.Once again, Democrats cite healthcare as their top concern (17%), whereas Republicans are equally concerned about economy (18%) and terrorism (18%).
  • The number of Americans who say that American is headed in the wrong direction dropped slightly this week, down to 52% (down from 54% last week). Nearly three-quarters of Democrats (72%) feel that the country is heading in the wrong direction compared with just 30% of Republicans.


  • President Trump’s approval rating has dropped below his disapproval rating once again, with just under one half (46%) approving of the job that he’s doing as President.
  • On specific issues, President Trump’s approval continues to shine a more positive light. 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 (52%). On the other hand, the President continues to get low approval marks for his handling the environment (40% approve) and the way he treats ‘people like me’ (40% approve).

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These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters February 10-14, 2017 For the survey, a sample of 1,774 Americans, including 802 Democrats, 644 Republicans, 194 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 2.7 percentage points for all adults, 3.9 percentage points for Democrats, 4.4 percentage points for Republicans, 8.0 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
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Chris Jackson
Vice President
Ipsos Public Affairs

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Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (2/15/2017)

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