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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-seven percent (57%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 29% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 47% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18. (see trends).

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In a reversal for Democrats after just one business day, Congress yesterday passed, and the president signed, a bill to fund government through February 8 without a compromise on illegal immigration. Most voters oppose a shutdown over the so-called Dreamers issue and believe securing the border is a bigger priority.

However, voters in September were less convinced that illegal immigrants take jobs away from Americans, and 48% of Likely U.S. Voters favored continuing the Obama-era program that protects “Dreamers” from deportation. 

In the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is pushing even harder for statehood, and more Americans than ever support welcoming the commonwealth as the 51st  state. They’re far less likely to support statehood for our nation’s capital, though.

But what do Americans think now about allowing larger states to fragment into smaller states? We’ll tell you at 10:30.

As some states plan 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.

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Several black members of Congress have been calling for the president’s impeachment for months and now are boycotting Trump’s address over his criticism of Haiti and some nations in Africa. But very few voters think this continuing confrontation is good for the black community.

Now that Donald Trump, accused by many of his detractors of being racist, has replaced America’s first black president, more voters think the government’s not doing enough to improve conditions for America’s black youth, though they think they’re ultimately responsible for improving their own situation.

Democrats have been complaining recently about President Trump’s physical and mental health, but his White House physician, who also worked for President Obama, blew those concerns away at a press conference last week. His political opponents, however, aren’t buying it.

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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