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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 49% 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 the president is performing and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -8. (see trends).

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Democrats continue to lead on the Rasmussen Reports Generic Congressional Ballot.

Voters in general are less likely to believe that neither party in Washington, D.C. is the party of the people. Not surprisingly, though, party affiliation determines which party they think represents them best.

Still, only 24% of all voters believe the federal government today has the consent of the governed.

Find out at 10:30 what voters think of the so-called “antifa” protestors who were back at it in Charlottesville, Va. and Washington this past weekend.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters worry that opponents of the president’s policies will resort to violence.

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It’s been five years since Edward Snowden exposed the federal government’s surveillance of millions of innocent Americans in the name of national security, but 43% of voters sill think Snowden should be tried for treason if he returns to the United States.

It’s back-to-school time again, and parents are expecting to open their wallets wider this year to prepare.

The latest Rasmussen Reports Consumer Spending Update finds economic confidence remaining at record levels and consumers ready to spend again, just in time for the back-to-school shopping season.

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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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