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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-six percent (56%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 28% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 47% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19. (see trends).

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Voters by a two-to-one margin agree with President Trump that it’s better for the United States – and the world - to have Russia on our side.  

Earlier this year,  just 16% felt that America’s worsening relationship with Russia was good for this country

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore – should the GOP try to deny him his seat even if he’s elected? We’ll tell you what voters think at 10:30.

Moore seemed like a shoo-in until sex allegations were raised against him. But most voters think it’s probable Republicans will relinquish control of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections. 

Congress is moving closer to a major overhaul of the U.S. tax code. But as recently as six weeks ago, most voters said it was unlikely Congress would pass those tax changes, although that included only 11% who said it was Not At All Likely. 

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With more states poised to potentially legalize recreational marijuana use soon, support among voters to legalize it in their state is slowly climbing. 

Two-thirds (67%) of Americans say smoking pot at home should not be a crime.

A Los Angeles City Council member has introduced a motion to add Hugh Hefner’s storied Playboy Mansion to the city’s registry of historic cultural monuments, an idea that most Americans oppose. But they do believe Hefner and the magazine he founded in 1953 which featured a nude Playmate of the Month influenced U.S. society for better or worse. 

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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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