Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 35% who Strongly Approve of the president is performing and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -5. (see trends).
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With less than three weeks to Election Day, Democrats and Republicans remain in a near tie on the Rasmussen Reports Generic Congressional Ballot.
Since Rasmussen Reports began the weekly surveying in early May, Democrats have led every week but one. But the Generic Congressional Ballot tightened into a tie last week following the controversial Senate confirmation process for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Republicans are madder about the Kavanaugh controversy than Democrats are and more determined to vote in the upcoming elections because of it.
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 also disagree with Clinton but, unlike her, don’t expect things to improve even if Democrats return to power in Congress.
We’ll tell at 10:30 how likely voters think it is that Democrats will win control of the House and Senate in the upcoming elections.
Voters are much more confident in Congress than they have been in over a year following the Kavanaugh confirmation.
Pennsylvania is considering legislation that would require all state lawmakers to be tested for illegal drugs, and voters think that’s a great idea.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of Americans believe drug testing should be required of applicants for all or most jobs.
Flu season didn’t hit too many Americans last winter, but nonetheless, most still plan to get a flu shot this year.
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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