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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-six percent (56%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 32% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 48% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16. (See trends).

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Just 33% of voters now think the country is headed in the right direction.  After running in the 40s for most weeks last year, this weekly finding has been trending down since early December and is now at its lowest level in over a year. It ran in the 20s during most of President Obama’s last year in office.

Voters continue to lack trust in the federal government’s ability to do things right, and most still believe the government is out primarily for itself.

Most voters also have an unfavorable view of the federal government, and the number who say they have been badly hurt by the continuing partial government shutdown remains small.

The president has proposed a compromise to congressional Democrats to end the shutdown. In exchange for the funding to build a border wall, Trump would agree to a pathway to citizenship for those brought here illegally when they were children, and 52% of voters like a plan with those elements.  

A federal judge in New York has ruled against the Trump administration’s attempt to restore a citizenship question to the 2020 census, even though it’s a question most Americans want to ask.  

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The Women’s March braved major internal dissension and bad weather in much of the country to go on Sunday in Washington and numerous other cities. We’ll tell you at 10:30 how many voters say they participated and what impact they expect the Women’s March to have.

Just 25% of voters rate race relations in America today as good or excellent, and only 20% think they’re getting better.

But 71% think most politicians only raise racial issues to get elected, not to address real problems. 

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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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