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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, April 21, 2017

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-one percent (51%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 31% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9. (see trends).

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Voters are all for the president’s order to federal agencies this week to “buy American, hire American,” even though many suspect it will cost taxpayers more. 

Americans strongly believe in buying things made in the U.S.A., and most don’t think the government protects domestic businesses enough.

Voters agreed with the president’s emphasis on new jobs in his first major speech to Congress earlier this year. 

Most view Vice President Mike Pence favorably and believe he is qualified to be president.

Pence warned North Korea earlier this week that the U.S. military is ready to respond if that country persists in its nuclear threats against the United States. Voters here strongly consider North Korea a danger to the United States. 

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United Airlines is in hot water after a video went viral of security forcibly removing a man from a plane to make room for traveling employees. But Americans are more likely to blame the passenger than the airlines for such disputes.

Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are more ubiquitous than ever these days, but just 17% of voters think social media has had a good impact on politics in America.

Thirty percent (30%) of voters under 40 said last fall that their political opinions are influenced by their family and friends on social media sites. 

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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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