Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (3/22/2017)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Washington, DC- Healthcare once again beats out all other issues as the dominant concern for Americans (16%). Number two on the issues of concern list is the economy, coming in at 13%. For anyone who had “morality” in their bracket, we’re sorry to say that you’re probably not going to be pleased with the final four.

Our gauge as to whether the country is headed in the right or wrong direction is nearly unchanged from last week. Overall, 54% believe the nation is headed in the wrong direction (up from last week’s 51%) Breaking it down by party ID, Democrats think we are hitting brick shots at every attempt (74%), with Republicans believing that the government’s leadership is a slam dunk (only 28% disapprove).

President Trump himself is at in a dead heat with 47% approving and 47% disapproving the way he is doing his job as president. Just over half of Americans approve of the way he is handling both employment and jobs (51%) and the economy (51%). On the other hand, the president continues to receive lower approval marks for his handling of the environment (40% approve) and the way he treats ‘people like me’ (41% approve). Less than half of Americans approve of the job that President Trump is doing on healthcare (44%), currently the top concern for Americans.

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These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters March 17-21, 2017 For the survey, a sample of 1,606 Americans, including 637 Democrats, 611 Republicans, 207 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, 4.4 percentage points for Democrats, 4.5 percentage points for Republicans, 7.8 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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Vice President
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Reuters/Ipsos Data: Core Political (3/22/2017)

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Chris Jackson
Vice President, US
Ipsos Public Affairs
Clifford Young
President, US
Ipsos Public Affairs
Julia Clark
Senior Vice President, US
Ipsos Public Affairs