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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, July 17, 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 33% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 44% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11. (see trends).

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Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are among those touted as serious Democratic presidential contenders in 2020. Do voters take them seriously, or do they think Democrats should look for a new face? We’ll tell you at 10:30.

Prior to yesterday's summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, only 38% of voters felt the meeting would be good for America. Forty percent (40%) consider Russia an enemy of the United States, and just  21% think the U.S. relationship with Russia will be better a year from now.

The United States has imposed economic sanctions on Russia for several years in an effort to change some of the latter's aggressive policies, but voters aren’t convinced that those sanctions have worked very well

Sixty-two percent (62%) are concerned about a possible U.S. trade war with China, although only 39% think such a war would be bad for them personally.

But voters here strongly believe that China is an economic threat, and most think the U.S. government ignores abuses by the Chinese government that it would not tolerate in other countries because of China’s economic power. 

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Forty-two percent (42%) of voters say the country is headed in the right direction

Chicago may soon become the first big city to experiment with the concept of a universal basic income for residents - $500 free a month with no strings attached. Thirty-four percent (34%) of Americans favor establishing a universal basic income program in their own community.

But 61% say there are too many Americans dependent on the government for financial aid

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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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