The FINANCIAL -- With the holidays and President Trump's first major legislative win with Tax Reform, President Trump's approval rating rose to 41% this week, a 6-point increase from last week.
Despite the passage of tax reform, just 41% of Americans approve of President Trump's handling of taxation and just a quarter of Americans (25%) approve of Congress as a whole. Americans are much more generous with their individual representatives, with 44% approving of their Congressperson.
Looking ahead to the 2018 midterm elections, a plurality of Americans (38%) report that if the election for U.S. Congress were held today they would vote for the Democratic candidate compared to those who would vote Republican (31%). Independents are split between a Democratic (15%), a Republican (14%) and third-party candidate (18%). Currently, just one-in-ten (11%) Americans report they would not vote.
Healthcare (18%) continues to top the charts of the most important problem facing America today, followed by terrorism (14%) and the economy (13%). Democrats are much more likely to view healthcare (25%) as a major concern, followed distantly by the economy (13%). Republicans view terrorism (22%) as the most important problem, followed by healthcare (13%). Independents are equally concerned with healthcare (16%) and the economy (16%).