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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) 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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While undecided election races slog into Thanksgiving week, Democrats in Florida conceded the governorship on Saturday and a Senate seat yesterday to Republicans, now giving them a 52-seat advantage. A November 27 runoff election in Mississippi will determine the winner of the final open seat.

As attention now shifts to the presidential election in 2020, voters are growing more convinced that Trump could win a second term.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta had his White House press credentials stripped after grilling Trump in a contentious exchange at a press conference earlier this month, but a judge last week ordered the White House to reinstate those credentials. Voters are split on whether Acosta’s credentials should have been revoked, but they’re suspicious of the media’s motives for reporting stories the way they do.

Trump said the CIA will deliver a full report tomorrow detailing its assessment of whether Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing in Turkey of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a conclusion weekend news reports say it has reached.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters believe the United States should impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia if it’s proven that the nation was involved in Khashoggi’s murder.  But they are skeptical about  whether the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia has helped stability in the Middle East.

The beloved head of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, died last week at 95, leaving behind a long legacy, including fan-favorite character, Spider-Man, among many others.

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The recent ups and downs of the stock market have done little to sway Americans’ confidence in the economy, but they're a little less upbeat about the direction of their own personal finances.  

How many Americans have started their holiday shopping before Black Friday, the official start of the December holidays shopping season, and how much do they plan to spend. We’ll tell you at 10:30.

See What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls. 

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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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