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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 29% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 44% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15. (see trends).

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We’ll tell you at 10:30 how voters rate Trump’s first 100 days as president. With 45% of Americans convinced that they are paying more than their fair share in taxes, look for voter reaction early next week to the president’s new tax reform plan.

Under pressure from the White House, Mexico and Canada have agreed to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters agree with Trump that NAFTA needs to be renegotiated to make it fairer to Americans.

Just 26% trust the federal government to do the right thing most of the time. No wonder the president is talking about major cuts in the size and reach of the feds.

Most Americans worry that France is losing the fight against radical Islamic terrorism and think the United States and the rest of the world should step up to help turn the tide.

Americans doubt that Europe can ever completely defeat the scourge of terrorism, and many have changed their travel plans accordingly. 

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Conservative speakers increasingly face the threat of violence on college campuses. Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Americans said last June that there is less freedom of speech on campuses today than there has been in the past. We’ll be updating those numbers in the next few days.

On Monday, Arkansas conducted the nation’s first double execution since 2000. Most Americans still support the death penalty, although only 35% think it actually helps to deter crime.

Last fall, 34% of Americans said crime has gone up over the past year where they live. Only nine percent (9%) said crime has gone down.

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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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