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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-seven percent (57%) disapprove. 

The latest figures include 26% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 48% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22. (see trends).

Despite the media furor over what the president did and did not say following last weekend's incident in Virginia, his approval ratings appear little changed. 

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Multiple attacks by Islamic terrorists in Spain have left at least 14 people dead and over a hundred injured. In April, just 10% of Americans believed Europe was winning the war on terror.

In the United States earlier this month, the number of voters who said the terrorists are winning the war on terror fell to a five-year low.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of Republicans - and 50% of all voters - believe it is impossible for the president to do anything that the media will approve of.

Trump isn't getting any help from Republicans in Congress, and now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the most unpopular of the top congressional leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan's unfavorables have jumped, too.

Roughly one-third of GOP voters now think it's time for McConnell and Ryan to step down.

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Are voters watching the news more or less closely than they were a year ago, and what is their principal source for daily news? We’ll tell you at 10:30 EST.

Just 20% believe most news stories that are based on anonymous sources.

Most voters don’t think the president should pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was recently found guilty of criminal contempt for ignoring a judge’s order to stop traffic patrols targeting illegal immigrants. LINK TO Voters Don't Favor Trump Pardon for Arpaio

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Some readers wonder how we come up with our job approval ratings for the president since they often don’t show as dramatic a change as some other pollsters do. It depends on how you ask the question and whom you ask.

To get a sense of longer-term job approval trends for the president, Rasmussen Reports compiles our tracking data on a full month-by-month basis.

Rasmussen Reports has been a pioneer in the use of automated telephone polling techniques, but many other firms still utilize their own operator-assisted technology (see methodology).

Daily tracking results are collected via telephone surveys of 500 likely voters per night and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. To reach those who have abandoned traditional landline telephones, Rasmussen Reports uses an online survey tool to interview randomly selected participants from a demographically diverse panel. The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 1,500 Likely Voters is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Results are also compiled on a full-week basis and crosstabs for full-week results are available for Platinum Members.

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