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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-seven percent (57%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 26% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 45% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19 (see trends).

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Do voters think Congress should work more with the president? Will they punish or reward those who don’t? Find out at 10:30 Eastern today.

Voters are now more likely to believe Republicans in Congress are a bigger problem for the GOP president than Democrats are. Voters are closely divided over whom they trust more: Congress or Trump.

Voters continue to think most members of Congress are willing to sell their vote for cash or campaign contributions and think it's likely that their own representative has done so.

Voters consider the president less ethical than President Obama, and many still suspect that he has less ethics that other politicians. 

During last year's presidential campaign, voters rated Democrat Hillary Clinton's ethics as roughly the same as Trump's. 

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Sixty percent (60%) of Americans rate U.S. society as fair and decent, although this survey was taken before the confused events in Charlottesville, Va. this past weekend.

The tragic events in Charlottesville came out of a demonstration in support of a monument of Robert E. Lee which some left-wing activists want the city to remove. Now there are calls to get rid of Confederate Civil War monuments in several other cities. But just 19% of voters think the United States should erase symbols of its past history that are out of line with current sentiments

Thirty-six percent (36%) of voters think the country is heading in the right direction.

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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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