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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 48% 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 Trump is performing and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -7. (see trends).

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The U.S. Supreme Court today will hear arguments about whether Trump can legally restrict travelers from eight countries from entering the United States until the federal government improves its ability to screen for potential terrorists.

After federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked Trump’s last attempt at a travel ban, roughly half of voters still favored temporarily barring U.S. entry to visitors from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela. 

Meanwhile, Republican Debbie Lesko defeated Democrat Hiral Tipirneni in Arizona’s 8th District special election yesterday as political pundits focus on the slightest whorl of smoke for clues into potential outcomes for the 2018 elections.

Democrats continue to hold a slight lead over Republicans on the Generic Congressional Ballot, though that lead has narrowed since the beginning of the year, with 45% of voters saying they would vote for the Democratic candidate and 40% for the Republican.

However, while most voters don't believe political polls, Democrats express more confidence in them than others do.

This week’s Rasmussen Minute looks at fired FBI Director James Comey’s clawing characterizations of Trump as Comey promotes his new book, "A Higher Loyalty," and openly admits his bias against his former boss.

But Comey’s 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.  

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Voters are closely divided over whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller will wrap up his probe of the 2016 election any time soon, but just over half think Congress may need to save his job from Trump.

Colleges have long been incubators for intellectual development and free thinking. We’ll tell you at 10:30 how Americans assess free speech on college campuses these days.

Before her death last week, the Bush family announced they would pursue comfort care rather than medical intervention for Barbara Bush’s failing health. It’s a tough choice for Americans, but many would make the same decision for their loved ones. 

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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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