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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-seven percent (47%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 38% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 38% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of 0. (see trends).

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Critical of the press coverage he has been getting, the president has called some in the media "enemies of the people." Most Republicans remain angry at the media and strongly support calling out specific members of the press by name, while Democrats and unaffiliated voters are far less critical of the media than they've been in the past. 

Forty-four percent (44%) of all voters believe most reporters are trying to block Trump from passing his agenda; just 10% believe they are trying to help him.  By comparison, 48% believe most reporters were trying to help President Obama pass his agenda.

Following numerous leaks of secret information to the news media intended to embarrass the president, most voters think the leakers should be punished.

At the same time, voters are a lot less critical of news organizations that publish top secret government information.

Voters are evenly divided when asked if the U.S. government generally does a good job protecting its secrets. But 47% also believe America’s intelligence agencies have their own political agenda.

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Trump has ended Obama’s federal order opening all school bathrooms to transgender students. He has said in the past that this is not a matter for the federal government but should be up to states or individual localities instead. Just 24% of Americans believe the federal government should be responsible for setting bathroom policies in elementary and secondary schools.

Fifty-two percent (52%) also think the maintenance and repair of America’s infrastructure is primarily a state responsibility. Thirty-one percent (31%) see it as a federal responsibility.

Trump reportedly plans to keep using the prison camp for terrorists at the U.S. Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba. Most voters in surveys for years opposed Obama’s attempt to close the Guantanamo prison.

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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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