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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday 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 way Trump is performing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -6. (see trends).

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The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday announced that Christine Blasey Ford will testify Thursday about her sexual misconduct accusation against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from their high school days, and the New Yorker magazine has named a second women making a similar accusation from his college days.

Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation has been top news for weeks, and voters don’t think the media is trying to do him any favors.

Voters are closely divided over whether Kavanaugh attempted the alleged high school sexual assault, although many are still withholding judgment. But confidence that Kavanaugh will ultimately be confirmed by the Senate is down.

We’ll tell you at 10:30 how voters say the media treat well-known actors, politicians, even journalists, who have been accused of sexual wrongdoing in the #MeToo moment.

Trump will address the United Nations tomorrow at its meeting in New York, where he will again discuss, among other things, Korean nuclear disarmament as well as the problem of Iran’s nuclear development and state-sponsored terrorism.

After the Trump administration last month re-imposed trade sanctions on Iran that had been previously suspended under the 2015 nuclear agreement, voters are cautiously optimistic the sanctions will be effective in renegotiating the agreement.

Hurricane Florence is long gone, but it has taken 43 lives and flood waters in the Carolinas remain a serious threat to the region.

Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters favor a proposed Trump administration program that would send presidential text alerts in the case of a national emergency or weather event. Thirty-one percent (31%) oppose such a plan, while 15% are not sure.

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President Trump in a video tweet yesterday touted a recent Labor Department report of an increase in U.S. wage earnings after inflation.

Consumer confidence appears to have plateaued, but much like the stock markets, it remains at record highs.

Just 18% of voters believe most Americans are informed voters, slightly more than for the previous two years, but 87% still consider themselves to be informed voters.

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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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