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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, September 22, 2017

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

The latest figures include 27% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 44% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17. (see trends).

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Voters have more faith today that the United States will remain the world’s top superpower.

Sixty-six percent (66%) say the United States is a more positive force for good in the world today than the United Nations is

The United States has long given more money to the UN than any other country in the world, with U.S. taxpayers now funding 22% of the regular UN budget and 28% of its separate peacekeeping budget. Voters believe the United States should remain in the UN but also continue to feel we’re overpaying for the privilege.

The president of Afghanistan yesterday at the UN praised Trump’s new plan for the war in his country as like “night and day” compared to the war plan of the Obama administration. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters here still think it is possible for the United States to win the war in Afghanistan, up from a low of 19% four years ago, but 51% foresaw a U.S. victory in December 2009.

Following the president’s announcement of economic sanctions against countries that trade with North Korea, a top North Korean official said his country is likely to do an H-bomb test in the Pacific Ocean soon. Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters said last month that the United States is likely to take military action against North Korea in the next six months.

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The NFL season has begun with its lowest viewer ratings in years. Are viewers reacting to the growing number of on-field protests by players? We’ll tell you what football fans say at 10:30 this morning.

St. Louis erupted in protests, often violent, in recent days following the acquittal of a white former St. Louis police officer who fatally shot a black man in 2011. But Americans continue to believe these protests are primarily fueled by criminals taking advantage of the situation and are not an expression of legitimate outrage.

The founder of Rolling Stone  announced this week that he plans to sell the iconic music and counterculture magazine. Americans have mixed reviews of Rolling Stone , though they’re not reading magazines much these days anyway.

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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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