The FINANCIAL -- President Trump's approval rating is steady at 39%, healthcare remains the most important problem for Americans.
President Trump’s approval rating has remained steady this week at 39% among all Americans. Unsurprisingly, a strong majority of Republicans approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as president (79%). Independents (30%) and Democrats (12%) are much less likely to approve of his job performance, according to Ipsos.
Congress continues to suffer from low approvals ratings, with 24% of Americans reporting they approve of the legislative body’s performance as whole. Americans are more likely to view their own Congressperson favorably, with 46% reporting they approve of their individual representative’s work. Looking ahead to the November midterm elections, Americans continue to report they are more likely to vote for a Democratic candidate (38%) than a Republican candidate (30%) if the election were held today.
Healthcare continues to top the list as the most important problem facing the U.S. today (17%). The economy and terrorism (both at 11%) are tied for second place. A majority of Americans (56%) believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. This includes three-quarters of Democrats (78%) and Independents (71%), and a quarter of Republicans (26%).
The White House has experienced significant turnover of key positions in the last several weeks, with Director of the White House Economic Council Gary Cohn, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks, all leaving the executive branch. In the Ipsos Wh’Exit Poll, Jared Kushner, Senior Adviser to the President, tops the list of staff members Americans believe will be the next to resign or be terminated (17%), followed closely by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (16%). Twelve percent of Americans correctly guessed that Rex Tillerson would be the next to leave.