Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Thursday, November 15, 2018
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 36% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -5. (see trends).
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President Trump was criticized at a summit with European leaders this week for putting America’s interests ahead of global needs. Voters still share the president’s America First attitude but not as strongly as they did when he first took office.
We’ll tell you at 10:30 whether voters see President Trump and likely redux House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as likable figures overall and within their own parties.
Just over half of voters still don't want to end Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, but even more are worried that President Trump's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the first step toward shutting Mueller down. Democrats are far more protective of Mueller than Republicans are.
Meanwhile, vote counting continues in Georgia, Florida and Arizona amid rancorous accusations of racism and fraudulent election behavior, but while new office holders won’t be seated until January, posturing for the 2020 presidential election is under way.
Michelle Obama has been making the rounds promoting her new book, prompting buzz about a potential presidential run, which she has vehemently denied. But with the midterms over and the focus on 2020, voters think she’d stand a chance.
Forty-seven percent (47%) of likely voters see Trump in a second term, up eight points from August.
Saudi Arabia has made arrests, issued indictments and will seek the death penalty for the people responsible for the October 2 death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, news reports say.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters last month say they support sanctions on Saudi Arabia if its government is responsible for Kashoggi’s fate.
FICO, the developer of the most widely used credit score, is rolling out a new credit scoring system next year that takes checking and savings accounts into consideration in addition to credit and loan accounts. This could most help those with low or no credit scores who have problems securing credit, though few Americans say they’ve been in that position recently.
While consumer confidence is on the rise and 39% of Americans say their incomes will rise a year from now, 48% believe their income will be about the same as it is today.
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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