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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove. 

The latest figures include 33% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10. (see trends). 

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President Trump in tweets this morning touted the advancing U.S. economy, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing yesterday at its second-highest level ever despite the administration’s advancing trade disputes. 

While consumer confidence appears to have plateaued, it also remains at record highs.

Still, Democrats have widened their lead over Republicans on this week's Rasmussen Reports Generic Congressional Ballot.

Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf is sitting comfortably in his bid for reelection in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race.

Incumbent Democrat Bob Casey Jr. also appears comfortably on his way to reelection in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race with a 14% lead over Republican Lou Barletta.

In foreign affairs, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday highlighted progress in relations with North Korea following a friendly meeting the previous day between South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

But voters are now less convinced that North Korea will slow or stop the development of nuclear weapons and more think Trump should be more aggressive with the nation.

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Hurricane Florence has come and gone, but flooding in the Carolinas and Virginia hasn’t peaked yet as her death toll nears 40. 

We’ll tell you at 10:30 what voters say about the idea of having the U.S. president issue emergency FEMA alerts, similar to Amber Alerts, for potential emergencies or weather disasters.

Forty-four percent (44%) of Americans say first responders are not obliged to rescue residents who refuse to follow a mandatory evacuation order, 38% think first responders are still obligated to help them.  Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided.

Voters view so-called political correctness as a problem and see it as a wedge used to silence opposition. President Obama was politically correct, they say; President Trump is not.

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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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