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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove. 

The latest figures include 31% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 45% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14. (see trends). 

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Most voters continue to believe the Republican-led Congress is doing a poor job, perhaps in part because they lack faith that lawmakers will do anything about the biggest issues facing the country.  

For Democrats, the possible Trump-Russia connection remains the burning issue. For the rest of voters, pocketbook issues and illegal immigration are priorities.  

Meanwhile, as Congress and the president continue to introduce bills with increasingly more spending, the majority of voters — including those who want a more hands-on government — don’t trust that taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely.  

A balanced budget is a better way to go economically, most voters say, but they don’t foresee that happening anytime soon.  

We’ll tell you at 10:30 whether voters favor President Trump’s plan to overhaul the nation’s infrastructure with a mix of public and private funding. 

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Following the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Florida, Americans rate more gun control on the same level with treatment of the mentally ill as the best way to stop incidents of this kind. They also are a lot more concerned about how safe schools are. 

President Trump has proposed shifting at least half of a food stamp recipient's monthly benefit from a monetary payment to a box of healthy, homegrown food. Nearly half of Americans believe it’s too easy to get food stamps and are open to this new plan. 

Forty percent (40%) of Likely U.S. Voters now think the country is heading in the right direction.

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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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