Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 34% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 44% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10.
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Congress appears likely to refuse funding again for President Trump's border wall, but one-in-five voters are willing to dig into their own pockets to privately fund the barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The president has warned that a partial government shutdown is looming following a heated meeting with Democratic leaders in which the two sides failed to come to an agreement over the border wall. Voters are getting more enthusiastic about building the wall, but they’re still not willing to risk a shutdown over it.
Interestingly, though, just 12% of Americans say past government shutdowns have had a major impact on their personal lives.
The Oxford English Dictionary has named “toxic” as the word of the year for 2018 because its use has been expanded to include social relationships, workplaces and politics among many other things. Americans primarily blame politicians and the news media for this toxic culture.
It looks like a Cabinet shakeup is coming in the Trump administration. Voters tell us at 10:30 how much importance they attach to these high-level managerial changes.
Forty-one percent (41%) of voters say the country is headed in the right direction.
Seventy-one percent (71%) of Americans say their religious faith plays an important part in their daily lives.
Most also continue to believe Christmas should be celebrated in public schools and that there’s a place for religious symbols on public land.
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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