Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (2/22/2017)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Washington, DC- The biggest takeaway from this week’s Ipsos Core Political Data is that the direction of the state is essentially unchanged from last week. President Trump’s approval rating is the same, 45% of all Americans approve and 50% disapprove of the job he is doing as Commander in Chief. As with previous Ipsos data on this point, there is a sharp party divide with 19% of Democrats approving of the job, and 79% disapproving. On the Republican side, 82% approve of Trump’s handling of the job, while 16% disapprove. Among Independents 39% support – and 53% oppose.

In non-numbers related news, ABC’s Good Morning America was kind enough to cite one of our polls regarding patronage at restaurants in the US – we think. The anchor cited the Reuters poll along with a Middle Eastern organization that has a distinctly different mandate than ours. For the record the company name is I-P-S-O-S.

Back to the numbers.

While digging into the “approval attributes,” Ipsos found that the highest number for disapproval of Trump is in the “how he treats people like me” question (48% disapprove) . Conversely, the President’s highest number in the approval section is 56% on employment and jobs. In his handling of the economy, 53% approve, with 37% disapproving. For the complete breakdown of topics, please visit slide 10 of the attached deck.

Moving on to the direction the country is going in, overall – people are not pleased. Taken together, 55% of all Americans think the country is going in the wrong direction. Democrats take that to a new level with 72% thinking the car is going off a cliff, and 55% of Republicans believing we are moving the in the right direction. And, 55% of Independents think the country is moving in the wrong direction.

Lastly, let’s look to the main problems facing America. For all Americans, the economy is the biggest concern, healthcare and immigration are tied at 13%, with terrorism at 10%. Interestingly, morality (7%) beat out war, crime, environment, energy, war and education. Among Republicans terrorism topped the charts at 21%, and Democrats are most concerned with the economy at 18%.

Topline results are available for download on the right side of the page.

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters February 17-21, 2017 For the survey, a sample of 2,338 Americans, including 996 Democrats, 867 Republicans, 290 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 2.3 percentage points for all adults, 3.5 percentage points for Democrats, 3.8 percentage points for Republicans, 6.6 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
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Vice President
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Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (2/22/2017)

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