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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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

The latest figures include 32% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9. (see trends).

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Most voters don't trust political polls, although Democrats express more confidence in them than others do. 

A new high of 54% says they don't trust the political news they are getting.

In late August of 2016, 17% of Republicans and 10% of Democrats said they were less likely that year to let others know how they intended to vote for president compared to other election years. That may be a key reason why most polling organizations missed Trump's victory by a mile.

The same critics who called Rasmussen Reports “outliers” during the 2016 presidential campaign for showing a neck-and-neck race are at it again  because our daily Presidential Tracking Poll has Trump performing better than many other pollsters do.   But Trump defeated Clinton in 2016 in perhaps the greatest electoral upset in U.S. history, and our polling nailed the exact margin between the two candidates.

Will the Mueller probe still be going on six months from now? Does Congress need to protect the special counsel from the president? We’ll tell you what voters think at 10:30.

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French President Emmanuel Macron is in Washington, D.C., this week to urge a skeptical Trump not to scrap the nuclear deal President Obama signed with Iran.  Just after Trump’s election in 2016, voters here were closely divided over whether the new president should dump the deal with Iran.

For the third week in a row, 40% of voters say the country is headed in the right direction.

For the first time in nearly 60 years, someone without the last name Castro will rule Cuba. But just 37% of U.S. voters think it is even somewhat likely that Cuba will become a free, democratic and peaceful nation in the next few years.

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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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