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Friday, March 23, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove. 

The latest figures include 30% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13. (see trends).

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President Trump last night announced that on April 9 Ambassador John Bolton, a hawk on dealings with North Korea and Iran, will replace General H.R. McMaster as National Security advisor.

Trump’s planned meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un would be the first time a U.S. president will have met with the leader of the rogue communist regime. But 51% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is unlikely the meeting between Trump and Kim will result in a slowing or stopping of North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons.

In January, Trump tweeted his strong support for pro-democracy protesters in Iran, criticizing the authoritarian regime they hope to replace, prompting an angry response from the Iranian government. But few voters thought he’d gone too far.

Just 10 days ago, on March 13, Trump had promoted Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo to secretary of State following Rex Tillerson’s departure, leaving behind an agency most voters are impressed with.

After Trump’s firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, voters remain strongly convinced that a president’s Cabinet plays a critical role in governance, but most also agree that Trump doesn’t use his Cabinet like his predecessors did.

On domestic matters, Trump announced on Monday that his administration will combat the opioid crisis in part by imposing stricter penalties for drug offenses, including the death penalty for drug traffickers. Although Americans continue to say opioid drugs are a problem where they live, nearly half don’t like the idea of imposing capital punishment for drug traffickers.

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Facebook, the world’s largest social media company, has been under fire in recent days for alleged abuses of personal user data by app developers. We’ll tell you at 10:30 what Americans think of its founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, who may soon be called to Congress to discuss the matter.

It’s tax season, but are Americans feeling better about the Internal Revenue Service these days?

Meanwhile, stock markets plunged yesterday on the eve of U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports aimed primarily at China that take effect today. This week’s Rasmussen Minute takes a closer look at the high-stakes game of international tariffs and potential trade wars.

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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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