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Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) 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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The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday heard arguments about the legality of the president’s travel ban to block potential terrorists form entering the country. We’ll tell you at 10:30 what voters think of the ban these days.

While pollsters, pundits and politicians have been predicting an angry anti-Trump Blue Wave in November’s mid-term elections, perhaps there are quite a few RINOs in the mix, too. “These new Republicans In Name Only don’t care if Republicans are in charge of Congress if the end result is just another do-nothing, anti-Trump Congress, particularly if Trump can force the Democrats to field some more moderate candidates,” says Rasmussen Reports Managing Editor Fran Coombs in a new commentary.

A plurality (42%) of Republicans says the GOP-controlled Congress is doing a poor job.  Not exactly a ringing endorsement from voters in their own party in a mid-term election year.

In our latest Generic Congressional Ballot, one-in-four Republicans say they would vote Democrat, for some other candidate or are undecided, and that presumes they’re telling the truth. Separate polling suggests GOP voters may be a lot more reluctant than they have been in the past to say out loud whom they are voting for.

The latest Rasmussen Minute catches up with fired FBI Director James Comey and looks at his view of “A Higher Loyalty.”

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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 say they would make the same decision for their loved ones.

Forty-three percent (43%) say they also would consider voluntary euthanasia for themselves or for a member of their immediate family in the event of a terminal illness and to alleviate suffering.

Gas prices are starting to surge around the country, and 74% think it’s likely gas prices will continue to climb over the next six months.

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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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