Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Friday, September 21, 2018
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 36% who Strongly Approve of the president is performing and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -7. (see trends).
By comparison, President Obama’s job approval rating was -19 on this day in his second year in office.
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The back-and-forth sexual assault charges aimed at U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have been in the headlines for a week now. Find out at 10:30 whom voters believe and how likely they rate Kavanaugh’s chances of Senate confirmation now.
Democrats are trying to derail Kavanaugh’s nomination, hoping that if they win control of the Senate in November they can force the president to pick a more liberal candidate for the Supreme Court. Voters recognize that the opposition to Kavanaugh is about politics, not issues.
Voters view 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.
Over 70% of voters continue to believe that most politicians raise racial issues to get elected, not to solve problems. They’re similarly skeptical of those who raise immigration issues.
Most voters still think that they personally know the issues when they go to vote but question whether others are informed voters.
Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf is sitting comfortably in his bid for reelection in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race.
Most voters favor the proposed use of presidential text alerts in the case of a national emergency or a major weather event.
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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