Posts tagged with "Ipsos"

Repudiate or remove? 70% of Americans say Trump’s demands to Ukraine were ‘wrong’

November 19, 2019

A majority of Americans think they have Donald Trump’s number—and that’s not good news for the president. An overwhelming 70% of Americans believe that he was “wrong” to ask a foreign leader to investigate his political rival, an ABC News/Ipsos poll conducted November 16-17 has found.

A slim majority of Americans,(51%) believe Trump’s actions were both wrong and he should be impeached and removed from office. But only 21% of Americans say they are following the hearings very closely.

In addition to the 51%, another 19% think that Trump’s actions were wrong, but that, at worst, he should either be impeached by the House and not removed from office. The survey also finds that 25% of Americans think that Trump did nothing wrong.

Still,about one-third (32%) say they made up their minds about impeaching the president before the news broke about Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in which Trump urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

The poll asked Americans how closely they were following the first week of public impeachment hearings in the House, their assessments of Trump’s actions; and whether those actions warranted impeachment and removal from office. The survey also asked Americans when they decided on the matter.

ABC News notes that House Democrats are investigating whether the administration withheld nearly $400 million in aid and promised a White House summit between the two leaders in exchange for an investigation into the president’s political rival, Biden, and his son, for his place on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

Overall, the poll found, 58% of Americans say they are following the hearings very closely or somewhat closely (21% and 37%, respectively); and 21% say they made up their minds about impeachment after the first week of public hearings. Among those who said this, 60% think that Trump should be impeached and removed from office.

Of those following the House impeachment hearings very closely, 67% think Trump’s actions were wrong and he should be impeached and removed from office.

Among Democrats, 41% say they made up their minds about impeachment before Trump’s actions related to Ukraine became public. And 41% of those who support Trump’s impeachment and removal from office say they made up their minds before the matter came to light.

The unfolding political drama between congressional Democrats and the White House reveals a polarized populace, with Democrats more united in their belief that Trump should be impeached and convicted than Republicans are in their belief that the president has committed no wrongdoing: 85% and 65%, respectively.

Research contact: @ABCNews

In tiff over tariffs with Trump, Americans favor Trudeau

June 20, 2018

More Americans see themselves aligned with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over trade policy than with U.S. President Donald Trump, a Global News/Ipsos poll released on June 16 has found. The results were released even as the tiff over tariffs between the two leaders—which escalated into a Trumpian Twitter battle after the G7 meeting in Toronto—continues to simmer.

Based on the findings, Trudeau enjoys a 20-point advantage over the U.S. president among Americans when it comes to which leader respondents think is better handling the discussions over tariffs and other trade issues, The Hill reports. Fully 57% of the 1, 005 U.S. respondents told the researchers that they support Trudeau’s actions, compared to just 37% who said the same for Trump.

Over 70% of those who participated in the poll think that the ongoing issue of tariffs imposed by the Trump administration has caused a significant breach in relations between the two formerly close allies. Indeed, Trump stunned many Beltway pundits by rebuking Trudeau after the Canadian PM announced reciprocal tariffs to match the U.S. duties on steel and aluminum following the summit of world leaders last weekend.

“PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, ‘US Tariffs were kind of insulting’ and he ‘will not be pushed around,’ ” Trump tweeted while on his way to Singapore to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“Very dishonest & weak,” the president added. “Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!”

The poll results come on the heels of another survey from Monmouth University, which determined that most U.S. adults believe that Trump has a better relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin than with any other world leader.

Research contact: @Ipsos

Trump whacks Germany’s Merkel and U.S. Democrats, while defending his own immigration stance

June 19, 2018

Fully 56% of the 1,000 U.S. adults polled by Ipsos on behalf of The Daily Beast this week say that it is not “appropriate” to separate children from their parents at the border—and yet President Donald Trump continues to blame his administration’s zero-tolerance policy incorrectly on the Democrats and to assert that Germany’s more open immigration program has led to a rise in crime.

On June 18, the POTUS tweeted, “The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. Crime in Germany is way up.”

Several minutes later, Trump added, “Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture! We don’t want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!”

However, according to a report by USA Today, in May, Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior actually rebutted the claims that Trump currently is making—noting that the total number of crimes committed in the country in 2017 had fallen 5.1% from the previous year.

Case closed? Far from it: Just weeks later, Interior Minister Horst Seehoffer has turned on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, threatening her leadership.

Although he refuted the crime statistics, Seehoffer has created a so-called “migration masterplan” in the interim, according to the UK news outlet, The Daily Mail. Under his proposal, the German border police would be given the right to turn back all asylum-seekers without identity papers and those who are already registered elsewhere in the European Union.

Merkel rejects the idea, believing that it would be perceived by the rest of her allies in the European Union as a “Germany First” decision—and that it would further burden such front-line Mediterranean countries as Italy and Greece.

On the other side of the pond, U.S. immigration rights advocates—most of them, Democrats—support Merkel and are fighting Trump’s hard-line “America First” stance.

With more than 2,000 children already torn from their parents’ arms, a contingent of Democratic legislators insisted on inspecting a facility in McAllen, Texas, where the youngsters were being held this week.

Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), who was part of that group, released a tweet on June 17: “Just left Border Patrol Processing Center in McAllen—aka ‘the dog kennel.’ Witnessed loads of kids massed together in large pens of chain-linked fence …. @realDonald Trump, change you shameful policy today! #FamiliesBelongTogether

And even a few Republicans are pushing back. Representative Susan Collins (R-Maine) commented during an appearance on CBS-TV’s Face the Nation on Sunday that, “What the administration has decided to do is to separate children from their parents to try to send a message that, if you cross the border with children, your children are going to be ripped away from you. That’s traumatizing to the children, who are innocent victims and it is contrary to our values in this country.”

Former First Lady Laura Bush wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post, also on Sunday, in which she said, “I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And It breaks my heart.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan—who rarely says a word against the administration’s policies—admitted, “We don’t want kids to be separated from their parents,” when asked by a pool of reporters, but blamed the situation on “a court ruling,” according to Time magazine.

Will the Trump administration budge? Not if you listen to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has shown little pity for the plight of the children. He spoke in support of the zero-tolerance policy earlier this month: “If people don’t want to be separated from their children, they should not bring them with them.”

Research contact: gideon.resnick@thedailybeast

Americans are loyal to Britain’s royals

June 15, 2018

Nearly 30 million people in the United States watch Britain’s Prince Harry marry American actress Meghan Markle on May 19—a bigger audience even than  the 23 million who tuned in to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011, ratings giant Nielsen reported the next day. The numbers merely reinforce what we all already have known: Americans have a love affair with Britain’s royal family.

That makes sense, based on a poll conducted by Ipsos in advance of the nuptials, which found that Prince Harry tied with Queen Elizabeth II in terms of their popularity (23%) among 1,000 respondents worldwide. Other members of the royal family followed closely behind in the poll of 28 nations—among them, the Duchess of Cambridge (the former Kate Middleton) at 18%, Prince William (17%), Prince George (10%), Princess Charlotte (9%) Prince Charles (8%), the former Meghan Markle (8%), and Prince Philip (5%).

Indeed, on balance, perceptions of the royal family are favorable in most nations—but especially in Romania (51%), Saudi Arabia (45%), India (38%), and the United States (36%). The only countries in which Ipsos registered a negative net rating were Spain (at -2%) and Argentina (-8%).

The poll’s most surprising results came from the question “Do you think it would be better or worse for your country in the future if it had a constitutional monarchy like Britain instead of an elected head of state?” Only 36% of Americans felt comfortable answering “worse” to that, while 11% said “better.”

There is a persistent royalist temptation in America,” National Review commented on May 22, adding, “Not in the sense of any tangible movement to enthrone a king, of course, but in a more subtle and psychological sense. A pernicious impression, spread by a certain sort of cosmopolitan type, holds that the monarchy question was something the Founders simply got wrong in 1776 — along with the Electoral College, the Second Amendment, etc.—cursing Americans to a lifetime of envy of more ‘enlightened” nations.’

Americans are similarly ambivalent about whether the British monarchy should be abolished. While only 15% believe that Britain would be “worse” for jettisoning the royals; just 12% think the country would be “better” if the Windsors were put out to pasture.

Finally, while Americans love the royals, they also seem to have a general fondness for the British public. In a study commission by British Airways a few years ago, as many as one-third of 1,000 Americans interviewed “love Britain and everything about it”—except for the “terrible” weather.

The Daily Mail, which reported on the study, said, “In the eyes of people from the other side of the pond, UK residents ‘speak properly,’ sound really clever and are also extremely polite.” Three in ten Americans said the UK is their favorite country—and one in seven said they would move to Britain, if they had a chance.

Research contact: Gideon.Skinner@ipsos.com

Loneliness is reaching ‘epidemic’ levels in America

May 2, 2018

Nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone (46%) or left out (47%), based on findings of a national survey of 2,000 U.S. adults sponsored by Cigna and conducted by Ipsos.

The new report, released on May 1, evaluated the subjective feelings of loneliness experienced by respondents using the UCLA Loneliness Scale—a 20-point questionnaire.

Indeed, UCLA researchers estimate that some 60 million Americans suffer from loneliness. And with millions of Baby Boomers now facing a radically shrinking social world as they retire from the workplace, see their children disperse, lose friends and family members to illness and death, the rising tide of loneliness has all the hallmarks of a widespread and costly epidemic.

Among the more alarming features of this epidemic, as identified by the Cigna/Ipsos survey are the following:

  • One in four Americans (27%) rarely or never feel as though there are people who really understand them;
  • Two in five respondents sometimes or always feel that their relationships are not meaningful (43%) and that they are isolated from others (43%);
    One in fiveS. adults rarely or never feel close to people (20%) or feel like there are people they can talk to (18%);
  • Only slightly more than one-half of Americans (53%) have meaningful in-person social interactions, such as having an extended conversation with a friend or spending quality time with family, on a daily basis;
  • Generation Z (age 18-22) is the loneliest   claims to be in worse health than older generations; and
    Very heavy users of social media have a loneliness score (43.5) that is not markedly different from the score of those who never use social media (41.7).

Americans who live with others are less likely to be lonely (average loneliness score of 43.5) compared to those who live alone (46.4). However, this does not apply to single parents/guardians (average loneliness score of 48.2). Although they live with children, they are more likely to be lonely.

“We view a person’s physical, mental and social health as being entirely connected,” said Cigna CEO David Cordani adding, “In analyzing this closely, we’re seeing a lack of human connection, which ultimately leads to a lack of vitality—or a disconnect between mind and body. We must change this trend by re-framing the conversation to be about ‘mental wellness’ and ‘vitality’ to speak to our mental-physical connection. When the mind and body are treated as one, we see powerful results.”

The survey also revealed several important bright spots. The findings reinforce the social nature of humans and the importance of having communities. People who are less lonely are more likely to have regular, meaningful, in-person interactions; are likely to exercise regularly; have achieved balance in daily activities; and are employed and have good relationships with their coworkers.

Research contact: elinor.polack@cigna.com

Americans again aspire to own homes

November 14, 2017

Nationally, about two-thirds of both Republicans (65.71) and Democrats (68.7%) agree that owning a home is necessary to live the American Dream, according to findings of a Zillow Housing Aspirations Report released on November 10.

The biannual survey found that 73% of  Republicans and Democrats believe that owning a home increases a person’s standing in the local community.

In line with these opinions, national homeownership rates are returning from a historical low point following the housing crisis—a signal that the recession did not fundamentally harm overall sentiment toward homeownership. Millennials, who delayed homeownership but are finally buying homes, are the generation most likely to say homeownership is part of the American Dream, regardless of political affiliation.

“In a time of political division, these survey results remind us of something most Americans share – the sense that owning a home is a big part of living the American Dream,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “Home ownership — and its ability to create wealth, stability, and community – doesn’t depend on political affiliation. As we debate the national and local politics surrounding affordability and tax reform, it’s worthwhile to pause and remember a value most of us can agree on.”

Los Angeles is one of the least affordable housing markets in the country, and nearly half of the survey respondents expect they will have to wait at least three years to buy a home. However, Los Angeles residents are more likely than residents of other large metropolitan areas to say that owning a home is necessary to live the American Dream, with 72% of respondents agreeing with the statement.

In Las Vegas, home values are still 23.3% below the peak values set during the housing bubblei, and 15.9% of homeowners still are underwater on their mortgagesiii. Despite this, 67% of respondents agree that homeownership is essential to the American Dream.

The survey also revealed that even amidst rapidly rising home values, 91% of Republicans and 89.6% of Democrats are confident that they will be able to stay in their current homes as long as they would like.

The Zillow Housing Aspirations Report is a semi-annual survey sponsored by Zillow and conducted by Ipsos. It asks 10,000 renters and homeowners in 20 metropolitan areas nationwide about their views on homeownership and their personal housing expectations for the future.

Research contact: @SvenjaGudell

Americans see no detriment to dietary supplements

November 5, 2017

U.S. adults are chugging vitamins and nutriments like never before, according to the results of the 2017 Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Survey on Dietary Supplements.

CRN is the trade group that represents the dietary supplement and “functional food” industry.

Conducted by Ipsos on behalf of CRN and released at the end of October, the research found that 76% of respondents nationwide consume dietary supplements—an all-time high that is up five percentage points from last year’s results.

The survey also found that nearly nine in ten—or 87%of U.S. adults—have confidence in the safety, quality and effectiveness of dietary supplements overall.

Specifically, among the types of supplements being taken, the survey found that vitamins/minerals are the most commonly consumed supplement category, consistent with the previous surveys; with 75% of respondents saying that they have taken these in the past 12 months. The second most popular category is specialty supplements (38%), followed by herbals/botanicals (29%), sports nutrition supplements (22%), and weight management supplements (15%).

Overall health/wellness benefits were cited as the main reason for taking dietary supplements (46%). Three in ten (30%) consume supplements to fill nutritional gaps in their diets and similar proportions (28%) use them for energy.

Of those who do not take dietary supplements, nearly half (45%) say they might consider taking supplements in the future if a doctor recommended it to them.

Research contact: nweindruch@crnuas.org

54% of Americans polled say #MeToo

November 4, 2017

Over half of Americans (54%) say they have personally experienced an unwanted verbal or physical sexual advance, Reuters/Ipsos said last week, after polling 1,832 adults nationwide.

As the #MeToo movement, started most recently by actress Alyssa Milano, continues to grow, the Reuters/Ipsos poll explored the social impact of the hashtag—and the overall numbers of Americans who said they had had a personal experience with unwanted sexual advances and assault.

While a limited number (about 16%) actually had engaged with the #Me Too movement online, the answers to questions about personal incidents came through loud and clear. In fact, 54% answered yes, when asked whether they had ever experienced an unwanted verbal or physical sexual advance.

When questioned about whether the unwanted advance came from specific people in their lives, the respondent answered “yes” in the following percentages:

  • A boss or authority figure at your job? (Yes-15%)
  • A coworker or colleague? (17% )
  • A friend? (15%)
  • A family member? (12
  • A romantic partner(14%)
  • Other? (18%)

Ipsos conducted the research from October 20 through October 24, on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For the survey, a sample of roughly 1,832 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii was interviewed online in English.

Research contact: chris.jackson@ipsos.com