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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 37% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -2. (see trends).

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Following numerous leaks of secret information to the news media intended to embarrass the president, most voters think the leakers should be punished. 

Fifty-three percent (53%) of Republicans and 50% of voters not affiliated with either major political party feel U.S. intelligence agencies have their own political agenda. Just 39% of Democrats agree.

We’ll tell you at 10:30 how voters view the average reporter ideologically and whether the media is more interested in hurting or helping the new president.

The Trump administration announced yesterday that it is hiring thousands of new immigration and customs officers and is putting the deportation of criminal aliens on the fast track. While voters have long complained that President Obama was not sending illegal immigrants home fast enough. Now with Trump in the White House, they’re worried that too many people are being deported.

With both sides well dug in, this week's Rasmussen Minute takes a look at the U.S.–Mexico border wall battle.

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The president last week appeared to back away from the longstanding U.S. policy position that a separate Palestinian state is essential to any peace settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians. But voters here tend to see a so-called “two-state solution” as key to any successful agreement.

Seventy-nine percent (79%) consider America’s relationship with Israel important to U.S. national security, including 51% who feel it is Very Important. But 27% think U.S. support for Israel hurts the United States with other countries.

Forty-six percent (46%) of voters think the country is heading in the right direction. This is the fourth week in a row that this finding has run higher than any week during the Obama presidency.

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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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