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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 30% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 44% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14. (see trends). 

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It’s “déjà vu all over again” as the House last night approved stopgap funding of the government at current levels—this time through February 16—and the Senate has until midnight tonight to concur or force a shutdown.

Most voters think a shutdown would be bad for the economy, even if the vast majority admit that past shutdowns have had little, if any, impact on them personally. 

In fact, American workers are more confident than ever that they will get a salary boost in the near future, and most continue to believe the best opportunity for career advancement is to stay put.

Illegal immigration continues to be a hot-button issue in Congress, but fewer Americans now feel threatened that illegal immigrants are taking their jobs.

Voters tend to believe prominent Democrats who accuse President Trump of being a racist for championing the bringing of higher educated, more skilled immigrants to America. But voters who Strongly Approve or Strongly Disapprove Trump hold opposite views in equal numbers.

We’ll tell you at 10:30 whether voters believe government has helped or hindered conditions for young black Americans and who is most responsible for them.

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With some states planning ways to tighten their Medicaid and food stamp rolls, Americans still believe that too many count on the government for cash and that government welfare programs hurt more than they help.

Just 20% of Americans with tattoos say they would get rid of them if they could.

Support for legalizing the recreational use of marijuana has been permeating throughout the United States recently. Is America about to go up in smoke? Or are we just tripping? Take a deep breath and check out this week's Rasmussen Minute. 

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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