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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove. 

The latest figures include 36% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -3. (see trends).

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President Trump will meet with Democratic leaders today to discuss funding for the border wall with Mexico. Earlier today, the president tweeted that while his administration’s measures to shore up the border have been effective, it would be less expensive to complete the wall. A growing number of voters want the wall, as do 70% of Republicans.

As Democrats prepare to take control of the House next month, many are posturing for pointed attacks against the Trump administration with an eye for the 2020 presidential election. But 68% of voters think it is more important for the new Democratic majority to focus on policy areas where it can work with the president and his fellow Republicans.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, one of many Democrats with an eye on the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, tweeted last week that America’s future is female and “intersectional” (focused on overlapping areas of discrimination). But voters insist gender doesn’t drive how they vote.

Forty-three percent (43%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction.

Brexit, the British withdrawal from the European Union scheduled for March 29, stalled yesterday when Prime Minister Teresa May delayed a vote on a deal with the EU that she said her party could not win.

Turmoil over a proposed deal has been roiling in the U.K. since July, when 65% of U.S. voters believed it at least somewhat likely that Great Britain would actually quit the EU. At that time, 35% of voters said the Brexit decision would be bad for the United States, while 25% thought it would be good, and 22% felt it would have no impact. 

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Uber is restarting its testing of driverless cars, eight months after one of their self-driving vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian, but Americans aren’t any readier to embrace the technology.   

Should Christmas be celebrated in American schools and religious symbols displayed on public lands? We’ll tell you at 10:30 what Americans say.

Most Americans still believe Jesus is the reason for the season and prefer commercial Christmas greetings over generic holiday ones.

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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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