Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 31% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 46% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15. (see trends).
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Criticism of President Trump for his remarks after meeting Monday with Russia’s President Putin in Helsinki continues to dominate news cycles.
Voters have little expectation that U.S. relations with Russia will improve,
although Trump has expressed optimism for results from the meeting.
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.
We’ll tell you at 10:30 what other issues are also holding voters’ attention.
Nearly all U.S. political news is now caught in the vortex of the coming 2018 midterm elections, and Democrats have narrowed their lead over Republicans again on the latest Rasmussen Reports Generic Congressional Ballot.
In an Alabama election yesterday, Republican Martha Roby handily won the primary runoff for her U.S. House seat after receiving President Trump’s endorsement last month.
Republicans are more enthusiastic than Democrats and unaffiliated voters about voting this November, but all Americans are more eager to vote than they were in the last mid-term elections.
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are among those touted as serious Democratic presidential contenders in 2020, but three-out-of-four Democrats think their party needs to turn to someone new.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about a trade war with China as the Trump administration readies a new round of tariffs on Chinese products in addition to those already imposed on metal imports.
A mayor in southern California is moving to ban neckties from workplace dress codes, citing studies that suggest the neckwear restricts blood flow to the brain. But Americans aren’t ready to say goodbye to the formalwear just yet and few think it’s the government’s place to make that decision.
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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