Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-eight percent (48%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 37% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -2. (see trends).
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Hillary Clinton last week urged Democrats not to be civil with Republicans over political issues, prompting rare disagreement from former First Lady Michelle Obama. Voters, too, disagree with Clinton but, unlike her, don’t expect things to improve even if Democrats return to power in Congress.
Many voters also don't like it when candidates in their state finance their campaigns with money from outsiders, and they aren't moved much by celebrity or political endorsements from out-of-staters either.
Three weeks from the election, though, voters see Trump as more of a positive than they did a year ago.
Is it better for Congress to work with Trump or against him? We’ll tell you at 10:30 what voters say, and how they rate the job Congress is doing now.
Voters are more confident now than they have been in over six years that U.S. elections are fair to them, though more than one-in-four still think it’s too easy to vote in this country today.
Pennsylvania is considering legislation that would require all state lawmakers be tested for illegal drugs, and voters think that’s a great idea.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of American Adults believe drug testing should be required of applicants for all or most jobs.
For the second week in a row, 43% of voters think the country is heading in the right direction.
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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