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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, December 07, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 36% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -5. (ee trends).

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The family of former President George H.W. Bush yesterday laid his body to rest at his presidential library in College Station, Texas.

The liberal media which excoriated Bush when he was president now proclaims its love for him following his death last week. Even most Democrats, it seems, now look favorably on the 41st  president.

Today, Trump will likely sign the stopgap spending bill Congress passed yesterday to prevent a partial government shutdown tomorrow and fund the federal government through December 21.

But the snag holding up completion of the 2019 budget process is resistance to Trump’s demand for border wall funding to stem illegal immigration, something voters agree is a problem, even if they think the government shutdown Trump has threatened if he doesn’t get that funding is not the answer.  

While 57% of voters say a partial shutdown of the federal government would be bad for the economy, just 12% say past shutdowns have had a major impact on their personal lives

Also today, members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees are questioning former FBI Director James Comey in a closed-door session on Capitol Hill.

Few voters rate Comey’s FBI leadership with high marks, and 46% of all voters believe Comey should be prosecuted for leaking information to the media at the time he directed the FBI.

Trump this morning issued a series tweets ripping perceived conflicts of interest in the Mueller probe.

While hope breeds eternal in the hearts of Democrats, other voters see little chance of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation trapping Trump. 

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Researchers worldwide are investigating a rise in food allergies, especially among children. Here in the United States, roughly one-in-five Americans say they have been impacted by the potentially fatal problem, most often as the result of nut allergies.

The holiday season is upon us, and we’ll tell you at 10:30 the extent to which Americans are decorating for the season.

Online shopping is on the rise this holiday season, meaning more online credit card use than ever. But despite frequently reported hacking efforts, Americans are less concerned that their reliance on the internet puts the overall economy at risk. 

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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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