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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-seven percent (57%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 25% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 47% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22. (see trends).

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“Anything you can do, I can do better,” so the song goes. And both men and women seem to agree. Most Americans think, generally speaking, men and women are equally capable of doing virtually all jobs

However, amid growing allegations and criminal sexual assault charges against former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, most Americans see sexual harassment in the workplace as a serious problem, and nearly half have experienced it themselves or know someone who has.  

Americans continue to think the politics of Hollywood bend to the left and that the film industry has a negative impact on society.

Voters are nearly evenly split on whether the federal government is a protector of or threat to U.S. religious rights, but they are more inclined than in previous years to see it as a protector.

President Donald Trump in May signed an executive order seeking to overturn the Johnson Amendment barring tax-exempt organizations like churches from participating in politics or political campaigns. Many worry this blurs the line between church and state, but most voters feel churches and other similar organizations should have a proverbial seat at the political table.

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty in military court Monday to charges of desertion and misbehavior before an enemy in Afghanistan in 2009.  The U.S. government on May 31, 2014, exchanged five Taliban leaders from the Guantanamo terrorist prison camp for Bergdahl. We’ll tell you at 10:30 what voters think of Bergdahl today and whether they agree with the decision to make the swap.

After controlling two branches of government for nine months, the GOP has struggled to pass the agenda it ran on for years, most notably its promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. With Congress's approval ratings hovering in the low teens, most Americans now believe government isn't the solution to our problems, but that government is the problem, the subject of this week's Rasmussen Minute.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 23,000 yesterday, closing at a a record 23,157.60, a 1,000 point rise since early September. At the start of October, the overall Rasmussen Reports Economic Index had risen two points to 129.2, continuing to show the highest level of economic confidence since this tracking began in 2014.

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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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