Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (3/8/2017)

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

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Washington, DC- Pocketbook issues continue to dominate the public’s primary concerns this week by rating the economy as the number one issue of concern. For the first time in a number of weeks, healthcare has overtaken terrorism as a key issue of concern for the general public.

From a broader perspective, nearly half of Americans (49%) think the country is going in the wrong direction, this number is driven by two-thirds (66%) of Democrats and 48% of independents viewing the country as going off a cliff – with Republicans being more optimistic.

While President Trump’s approval rating remains a statistical tie, for the first time in several weeks, his actual approval score exceeds his disapproval rating. 48% approve of President Trump, with 46% disapproving. However, when drilling down to the specifics, Trump is doing well on some key issues: over half approve of his handling of jobs and the employment (57%), 56% approve of his actions on the economy. Where Trump is weakest on the issues are the environment with only 42% approval, and the way he ‘treats people like me’ coming in at 44% approval.

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These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters March 3-7, 2017 For the survey, a sample of 1,662 Americans, including 707 Democrats, 627 Republicans, 201 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, 4.2 percentage points for Democrats, 4.5 percentage points for Republicans, 7.9 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 (3/8/2017)

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