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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 40% 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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News stories covering sexual harassment claims against politicians continue to top headlines, but GOP voters overwhelmingly feel the media gives favorable treatment to Democratic politicians. Democrats, however, are not as convinced.

Most voters believe the accusations several women have made against President Trump and say he should resign if they are proven true. But Republicans are far less convinced.

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday voted 3-2 along party lines to overturn Obama-era net neutrality rules adopted February 26, 2015, also on a 3-2 party-line vote. That same month, 53% of American Adults opposed the FCC regulating the Internet like it does radio and television. A survey earlier this month, however,  showed that while Americans prefer free market competition, they are growing more interested in government control of the world wide web now that those regulations are on the chopping block.

Wisconsin is moving forward with a plan to drug test some food stamp recipients, and most voters nationwide would like to see a similar plan in the state they live in.  

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

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The majority of American adults continues to identify as middle class, but sex and race are among the factors that shape middle-class identity and what it means.

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

Today is Free Shipping Day, which celebrates the last day on the calendar that many big retailers will guarantee the arrival of your deliveries before the holidays. We’ll tell you at 10:30 how much holiday gift shopping are Americans doing online this year.

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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