Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Friday, August 17, 2018
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 33% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10. (see trends).
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As the nation gears up for midterm elections, half of voters say they’ve voted independent and think the nation would benefit from a strong third party.
But voters—and Republicans specifically—have more faith these days that someone in Washington represents them.
Even so, just how loyal are voters to their parties? We’ll tell you at 10:30.
President Trump in a Cabinet meeting yesterday asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to bring federal lawsuits against opioid drug manufacturers and to consider legal action against Mexico and China over the traffic of fentanyl into the United States.
Voters believe Mexico has not been aggressive enough in stopping the flow of fentanyl into the United States and that including it in NAFTA negotiations would be one useful approach in dealing with the problem.
A new study out this week determined that smoking electronic cigarettes, or “vaping,” may be more harmful than originally thought, something Americans have worried about for years, but most think the risk is about the same for both.
Five years after Edward Snowden exposed the federal government’s surveillance of millions of innocent Americans in the name of national security, voters still think he falls somewhere in between the lines of hero and traitor, though they still want him tried for treason.
Voters are even more critical of the so-called “antifa” protesters who surfaced again this past weekend in Charlottesville and Washington, DC, and continue to think they’re chiefly interested in causing trouble.
It’s back-to-school time again, and parents are expecting to open their wallets wider this year to prepare.
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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