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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

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Friday, March 16, 2018

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

The latest figures include 31% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11. (see trends).

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Following President Trump’s firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, voters remain strongly convinced that a president’s Cabinet plays a critical role in governance, but most also agree that Trump doesn’t use his Cabinet like his predecessors did. 

We’ll tell you at 10:30 what voters think of CIA Director Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s pick to replace Tillerson. 

The sanctions the Trump administration imposed on Russia yesterday for its meddling in the 2016 presidential election and cyberattacks against critical U.S. infrastructure included action against Russians recently indicted as a result of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

The Mueller probe led to 13 indictments against Russians for election meddling, and half of voters think it’s possible this alleged interference cost Hillary Clinton the presidency. But slightly more think the U.S. government also interferes in the elections of other countries

In domestic news, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced last week that 313,000 jobs were created  in February and the unemployment rate remained at a 17-year low. Though President Trump’s new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports have some wondering what effect they’ll have on the job market, Americans are more confident than ever that things will only get better.

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Most Americans fear that President Trump's new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports will trigger a trade war  and think it's better for the federal government to mind its own business.

Critics of the tariffs imposed to protect American jobs complain they will drive up costs for both businesses and consumers. But a sizable majority of Americans continues to believe it is more important to keep manufacturing jobs in the United States than to keep prices low for consumers. 

In today’s 24/7 news cycle, most Americans still think the media is obsessed with getting the story first, when they think they should be focused on getting it right.

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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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