Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Friday, April 20, 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 33% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9. (see trends).
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Fired FBI Director James Comey’s new book and related media interviews don’t seem to be winning any converts. Most voters say they’re unlikely to read the book, perhaps in part because they’re closely divided over whether Comey’s telling the truth or just taking a political shot at the president.
Forty-one percent (41%) now agree with Trump’s decision to fire Comey, up five points from last May shortly after he was terminated as FBI director. Forty-five percent (45%) disagree with the firing of Comey, down from 51%. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure.
The Justice Department has reportedly recommended criminal charges against Andrew McCabe, Comey’s number two man at the FBI, for lying to investigators about leaking to the media. Sixty-six percent (66%) of Republicans – and 50% of all voters – believe senior federal law enforcement officials at the FBI and Justice Department broke the law in an effort to prevent Trump from winning the presidency in 2016.
Even with Republicans now in charge of the White House and both chambers of Congress, most GOP voters still feel they don’t have a voice in Washington, D.C. Democrats are happier with the representation they’ve got.
Democrats continue to hold the lead on the Rasmussen Reports Generic Congressional Ballot.
We’ll tell you at 10:30 what Americans think of former first lady Barbara Bush who died earlier this week.
As students across the country sit down for school-wide standardized testing in the weeks to come, most Americans with school-age children still think there’s too much emphasis on these tests and their outcomes.
Half of parents don’t even see a need for standardized testing in the schools.
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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