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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 28% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 44% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16. (see trends).

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President Trump had some harsh words during his first address to the United Nations, citing among other things, the financial burden on the United States to support that international body. Still, 72% of Likely U.S. Voters think the United States should continue to participate in the United Nations.

However, while they believe the United States is overpaying its share of UN costs, voters are feeling a little more charitable than they were a year ago.

In addition to North Korea, President Trump directed pointed comments toward Iran in his UN address Tuesday.  As he mulls his options on the Iran nuclear deal, most voters continue to view Iran as an enemy but have mixed feelings on how Trump has dealt with the Middle Eastern nation.

After losing a major stronghold in Iraq, the Islamic State group (ISIS) may be close to defeat on the ground there, and voters here think the United States definitely has the edge on its radical rival of recent years.

At home, a high school in California is facing controversy after addressing what it considered an intolerant “USA” chant at sporting events, but voters don’t see chanting “USA” as an intolerant expression

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Voters are following the actions of the so-called “Antifa” protesters and aren’t impressed with what they see. Fifty-eight percent (58%) share an unfavorable opinion of them. 

Is the current mob violence in St. Louis the result of legitimate outrage to the September 15 acquittal of a white police officer in a 2011 shooting of a black man, or is it a matter mostly of criminals taking advantage of a situation? We’ll tell you at 10:30 what Americans say and whether they believe most deaths involving police are the fault of the police officer or the suspect.

Hillary Clinton’s latest book offers a laundry list of reasons why she lost the election, none of which include the weakness of her candidacy or any mistakes on the part of her campaign. The latest Rasmussen Minute explores whether these are just convenient excuses or valuable post-election insights. 

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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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