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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Monday, December 17, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty  percent (51%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 33% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9. (See trends).

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President Trump warned that a partial government shutdown is looming following a heated meeting last week with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in which the two parties failed to agree over spending for a border wall. Voters are getting more enthusiastic about building the wall, but they’re still not willing to risk a shutdown over it.

But whether Trump and Congress will agree, punt or shut down government for the holidays over wall spending, only 25% of all voters think lame-duck sessions of Congress produce important legislation, and nearly half (47%) think these sessions are a waste of time.

Although 2018 didn’t end with the same fervor of economic confidence that we saw at the beginning of the year, the final numbers are certainly nothing to sneeze at.

Invective this year in the Kavanaugh hearings, the midterm election season, Brexit debates, border wall funding, and more, amplified what 82% of American voters said they are feeling: less tolerance for others’ political opinions.

Perhaps that’s one reason why Oxford English Dictionary selected “toxic”  as the word of the year. We’ll tell you at 10:30 whether Americans think the word is worthy of the crown and who’s to blame for the so-called toxic culture.

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With the holiday season upon us, most Americans still consider their faith an important part of their life, even if they don’t attend services regularly. 

Eighty-two percent (82%) of American Adults will be celebrating Christmas this holiday season.

See What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls.

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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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