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What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls - Week Ending June 23, 2018

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Is the border children “crisis” dinging President Trump’s job approval numbers? With the left and its media allies in full cry, his job approval fell to 46% for the last two days of the week, his lowest numbers since March.

But most voters blame the parents of the separated children at the border for the latest illegal immigration controversy, not the federal government.

Just over half (52%) favor the immigration reform plan detailed by Trump in his State of the Union speech that would create a pathway to citizenship for those brought to this country illegally when they were children, build a wall on the Mexican border and change legal immigration to a more merit-based system. 

Fifty percent (50%) of voters don't want to live in a sanctuary city that protects illegal immigrants from federal immigration authorities. Thirty-seven percent (37%) do.

As recently as April, 44% said Trump is doing a good or excellent job handling issues related to immigration. This is higher approval than President Obama earned on this issue at any point during his time in office.

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Other indicators were more positive for the president this week. With the economy soaring, his ratings on economic issues are on the rise. Voters are pretty happy with his foreign policy, too, following his generally well-received summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

One-in-three voters (33%) sign on to the president’s proposal for a national “space force” as the sixth branch of the armed services. Only 40% are opposed, but 27% want more details before they make up their minds.

Most voters continue to believe some of the nation’s top cops may have acted illegally to keep Trump from being elected. Those most familiar with a just-released Justice Department internal report detailing high-level political bias are even more convinced that there was wrongdoing.

Men and those 40 and over are following news about the president’s actions and policies a lot more closely than women and younger voters are.

The majority (54%) of voters, however, don’t trust the political news they are getting, the highest level of distrust measured in years of surveying.

Forty-three percent (43%) say the country is headed in the right direction. This finding ran in the mid- to upper 20s for most weeks during 2016, Obama’s last year in office.

Speaking of the economy, Americans think it will be easier for young people to find summer jobs than it has been in several years. 

Democrats continue to hold a small lead on the Rasmussen Reports weekly Generic Congressional Ballot

Over 20 years after the fact, the #MeToo movement finally caught up to former President Bill Clinton. The latest Rasmussen Minute explains how voters have reacted.

The U.S. Supreme Court this week cleared the way for states to levy sales taxes on internet purchases even if the seller doesn’t have a physical presence in the state, but 66% of Americans oppose such taxes.

In other surveys last week:

-- Americans aren't overly concerned that cell phone usage may lead to cancer.

-- A report released in November found that as many as 800 million workers worldwide could be replaced by robots by 2030. Most Americans agree, but few think their own job is on the line. 

-- Americans are less insistent on annual testing of elderly drivers for driver’s licenses, but just over half still think it’s a good idea.

-- Facebook announced last month that it is launching a dating app which could be good news for the social network since Americans look more favorably these days on dating sites.

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