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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-seven percent (57%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 28% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 47% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19. (see trends). 

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Doug Jones’ win in yesterday’s special Senate election in Alabama — the first Democratic Senate victory in the state since 1992— reduces the Senate’s Republican majority to 51 seats.

In light of decades-old allegations of sexual impropriety against Roy Moore, a third of Republicans think their own party should have refused to seat him, had he won, and just 29% of Republicans think a victory by Moore would have been good in the long run for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

Wisconsin is moving forward with a plan to drug test some food stamp recipients. We’ll tell you at 10:30 whether voters support drug testing for their states’ recipients of welfare benefits and food stamps.

Voters still tend to support the use of tissue from aborted babies for medical purposes but agree with the government’s decision to look into how Planned Parenthood is handling this tissue. 

Whether justice was served in the July 2015 San Francisco killing of Kate Steinle by a five-times deported illegal immigrant is the subject of this week's Rasmussen Minute.

As South Korea prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February, relations between their northern neighbor and the United States remain frail. But even with the looming threat from North Korea, few Americans support the U.S. team passing on the Olympics in the name of security

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Most Americans still believe religious displays have a place on government property, and they want to see more Christmas in schools, too. 

In fact, despite Santa getting so much attention, Americans still want to keep the Christ in Christmas

The GOP’s tax reform bills are now undergoing reconciliation in conference committee. Half of voters think it’s likely that Congress will go through with the tax cuts before the end of the year, but they’re torn on whether they will end up cutting taxes too much or not enough. 

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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