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  • What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls

    The 115th Congress is winding to a close with Democrats positioning themselves for hyper-partisan challenges to President Trump’s agenda in their new role as the majority party in the House next year. But the final showdown next week will be over approval of a budget with or without a wall.

  • Support for Border Wall on the Rise Again, But Not At Govt Expense

    President Trump warned that a partial government shutdown is looming just in time for Christmas following a heated meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer earlier this week in which the two parties failed to come to an agreement over spending for a border wall. Voters are getting more enthusiastic about building the wall, but they’re still not willing to risk a shutdown over it.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters now say the United States should build a wall along the Mexican border to help stop illegal immigration, up from 43% in September and 37% in July of last year. Just as many (48%) still oppose the wall, but that’s been on the decline from 56% in July 2017. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on December 12-13, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty  percent (50%) disapprove.

    The latest figures include 33% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9. (See trends).

    Regular updates are posted Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m.  Eastern (sign up for free daily email update).

    Now that Gallup has quit the field, Rasmussen Reports is the only nationally recognized public opinion firm that still tracks President Trump's job approval ratings on a daily basis. If your organization is interested in a weekly or longer sponsorship of Rasmussen Reports' Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, please send e-mail to  beth@rasmussenreports.com .

  • Americans Not Sold on Medicare For All

    A proposal has been made to extend Medicare benefits to Americans of all ages. Voters are on the fence about the idea, but they do believe it would increase health care costs.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a plan to extend Medicare benefits to all Americans, not just those ages 65 and older. Forty-four percent (44%) oppose such a proposal, while 14% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 10-11, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Most Voters Still See Government As A Problem

    President Ronald Reagan said in his first inaugural address in 1981 that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem,” and voters still agree.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with Reagan’s statement that government is the problem, while 30% disagree. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure. Reagan’s name was not mentioned in the question. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 10-11, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Voters Sour on Booker, Harris Giveaway Programs, See No Cut in Poverty

    Several prominent Democrats trying to break out of the pack of potential 2020 presidential hopefuls are proposing new large-scale government spending programs. But voters aren’t big on these income transfer programs, and few think they will reduce the level of poverty.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 35% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with a proposal to have the federal government give low-income children up to $2,000 per year until they turn 18 to counter income inequality and give them a better economic start on life. Forty-eight percent (48%) disagree with the so-called “baby bonds” proposal by Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, while 18% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 10-11, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Voters Say Government Has Too Much Power

    Most voters continue to believe the government has too much power over the individual citizen.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 58% of Likely U.S. Voters think there is too much government power and too little individual freedom today. This finding has tracked between 55% and 66% in surveys since 2012 when Rasmussen Reports first asked this question. Just 11% think there is too much individual freedom and too little government power in the country today. Twenty-four percent (24%) say the balance between the two is about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 6 & 9, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • 43% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

    Forty-three percent (43%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey for the week ending December 6.

    This week’s finding is up three points from last week. This finding has been running in the 40s for most weeks this year after being in the mid- to upper 20s for much of 2016, President Obama's last full year in office.

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    The national telephone survey of 2,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from December 2-6, 2018. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Voters Reject Gender As Major Voting Factor

    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, one of many Democrats with an eye on their party’s 2020 presidential nomination, tweeted last week that America’s future is female and “intersectional” (focused on overlapping areas of discrimination). But voters insist gender doesn’t drive how they vote.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 24% of Likely U.S. Voters consider a political candidate’s gender important in determining how they vote, with 12% who say it’s Very Important. For 76%, a candidate’s gender is not important to their vote, including 51% who say it’s Not At All Important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 6 and 9, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology

  • Voters Fondly Remember George H.W. Bush

    The liberal media which excoriated George H.W. Bush when he was president now proclaims its love for him following his death last week. Even most Democrats, it seems, now look favorably on the 41st president.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 77% of all Likely U.S. Voters share a favorable opinion of Bush, including 36% with a Very Favorable one. Just 17% have a somewhat or Very Unfavorable view of the Republican who served as president from 1989 to 1993. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 4-5, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.