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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 35% who Strongly Approve of the president is performing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -7. (see trends).

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As the march of Honduran migrants across Mexico toward the United States continues despite the president’s threats, we ask voters what should be done. Find out at 10:30 what they think.

When a similar caravan of Central Americans headed toward the U.S. border in April, 54% of U.S. voters said the government should stop them all from entering. Thirty-seven percent (37%) disagreed and said the government should allow them to enter the country until their individual cases are reviewed.

Voters continue to believe illegal immigration is a major problem, and few feel the government is doing enough to handle it.   For Republicans, illegal immigration is the most important issue in the upcoming elections, although the survey was taken before the Kavanaugh controversy.

Health care is a major factor when it comes to whom voters will vote for in the upcoming elections, but most continue to look to the free market, not the government, to solve the problem of rising health care costs.

The president has been critical of the Federal Reserve Board in recent weeks, claiming the central bank is raising interest rates too fast. But Americans have a more favorable opinion of the Fed now than they did during the Obama years

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Forty-three percent (43%) of voters say the country is headed in the right direction.

Many Americans continue to feel the impact of bullying but now are more convinced that schools rather than parents need to do something about it. 

Under a law that went into effect a year ago this month, parents in a community in western New York could face fines and jail time if their child bullies other minors. Most adults nationwide support such a law in their state. 

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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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