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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 28% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 44% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16. (see trends).

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Prominent Democrats are now accusing the president of being a racist for championing the bringing of higher educated, more skilled immigrants to America. Is he a racist or is this just another political game? We’ll tell you what voters think at 10:30.

Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters believe most politicians raise racial issues just to get elected. Only 13% think they raise these issues to address real problems.

Just 22% of Americans think race relations are getting better in this country. Twice as many (45%) says they’re getting worse.

With a number of states planning ways to tighten their Medicaid and food stamp rolls, Americans continue to believe that too many count on the government for cash and that government welfare programs hurt more than they help.

Ten states so far are planning to impose work requirements on able-bodied Medicaid recipients, and most Americans think that’s a good idea.

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Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters think most immigrants work hard, support their family and pursue the American Dream.

But 66% agree that when people move to the United States from other parts of the world, they should adopt America’s culture, language and heritage

Just 20% of Americans with tattoos say they would get rid of them if they could.

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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