Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Friday, January 18, 2019
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 31% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 47% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16. (See trends).
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The president yesterday grounded an overseas junket by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other congressional Democrats, saying they needed to stay in town to resolve the partial government shutdown. At issue is funding for border security and a border wall. We’ll tell you at 10:30 how voters rate Pelosi’s performance so far.
Most voters want tight border control and disagree with Pelosi’s charge that a wall is “immoral.” But Trump’s job approval rating also has fallen to its lowest level in a year following his Oval Office address last week calling for increased border security including the wall to help stop illegal immigration.
Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters share an unfavorable view of the federal government, and few say they have been impacted in a big way by the shutdown.
An increasing number of elected Democrats including several presidential hopefuls are endorsing a so-called Green New Deal that calls for more government involvement in the economy. Democratic voters love a Green New Deal that would focus on climate change, income inequality and racial injustice, but other voters still aren't convinced.
Most voters think there's already more government than the Founding Fathers intended.
The current teachers’ strike in Los Angeles and those in other states last year have not cooled Americans’ support for labor unions, but they tend to favor private sector unions over those for public employees.
By a near two-to-one margin, Americans also continue to believe that teachers' unions are more interested in protecting their members' jobs than in the quality of education.
Seventy-two percent (72%) of parents with school-aged children rate the performance of their child’s school as good or excellent. But just 27% of voters rate the performance of U.S. public schools in general as good or excellent.
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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