The FINANCIAL -- After an eventful first week, Donald Trump continues to divide and energise the American public.
Public opinion about him remains split with about equal numbers approving and disapproving of his job. However, looking deeper we see nearly unified blocks of Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition, according to Ipsos.
With the recent events abroad, terrorism has returned as the #2 issue for Americans (top issue for 15% of the country). Republicans are significantly more worried about terrorism (20%) than Democrats (12%).
The economy remains top of mind for most Americans, with nearly a fifth (16%) of all American reporting the economy as their biggest concern.
Overall, 52% of Americans believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction. Democrats (71%) and Independents (56%) feel a similar amount of pessimism, while Republicans are far more optimistic (30%).
President Trump’s approval ratings have him with just under one half of Americans approving of him (46%). Slightly more say that they disapprove of the job that he’s doing (47%).
On specific issues, President Trump’s approval is more positive. Over half of Americans approve of the way he is handling employment and jobs (55%) and roughly half approve of his handling of the economy (52%). On the other hand, President gets low approval marks for his handling the environment (39% approve) and the way he treats ‘people like me’ (41% approve).