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Monday, April 23, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday 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).

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President Trump today meets with President Emmanuel Macron of France, whose country participated alongside the United Kingdom and the United States in an April 14 punitive strike on Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

Prior to the strike, President Trump talked to his staff about pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, and fewer voters see the war-torn nation as a vital national security interest for the United States. Nearly half continue to believe the best way to handle the Syrian crisis is to leave it alone.

For the first time in nearly 60 years, someone without the last name Castro will rule Cuba. But will things change? Nearly half of U.S. voters don’t think so, but they still feel the United States should improve its relations with the Communist nation.

Meanwhile, fired FBI Director James Comey’s new book and related media interviews don’t seem to be winning any converts. Most voters say they’re unlikely to read the Comey book, perhaps in part because they’re closely divided over whether he’s telling the truth or just taking a political shot at President Trump.

But when it comes to truth and falsehood, we’ll tell you at 10:30 how much voters trust the political news they’re getting.

Truth aside, and fresh into President Trump’s second year in office, voters see even more bias against the president in the media than they did at the start of his presidency.

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A shooter at a Waffle House restaurant outside of Nashville early Sunday morning killed four people and wounded four others before being stopped by a customer, an incident leading to more calls for gun restrictions.

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote a March 27 op-ed in The New York Times calling for repeal of the Second Amendment in light of the current gun control debate, but Americans aren't rushing to embrace that idea.

Americans hold a solidly favorable opinion of former first lady Barbara Bush who died last week, and most think she set a good example for others to follow.

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

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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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