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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Monday, August 21, 2017

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

The latest figures include 25% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 46% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21. (see trends).

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Voters tend to agree with the president’s defense of historical statues, and few think getting rid of Confederate monuments will lessen racial tensions in America. 

Rasmussen Reports will tell you at 10:30 Eastern this morning whether voters think the names of early presidents like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson who were slave owners should be removed from public places. Should Mount Rushmore be closed or changed?

Fifty-two percent (52%) of Americans believe race relations in the United States are getting worse.

The president will deliver a speech tonight outlining his strategy for Afghanistan. Nearly half (49%) of voters don’t believe the United States should withdraw all troops from Afghanistan.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of Republicans - and 50% of all voters - believe it is impossible for Trump to do anything that the media will approve of.

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Nearly half of Americans are following the news more closely these days, but supporters of the president and those in his party are starting to tune out more.

Trump has criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over the Senate’s failure to pass a health care repeal bill before the August recess, and more than a third of likely Republican voters now think McConnell should step down. McConnell is now the most unpopular of the top congressional leaders, an honor House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi had previously held for 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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