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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 35% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -6. (see trends).

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Primary elections in four states yesterday had clear winners, but central Ohio’s special election last week is still too close to call. In the Kansas governor’s race, Republican state Attorney General Kris Kobach, backed by Trump, was yesterday declared winner of his primary.

Democrats continue to lead Republicans on the latest Rasmussen Reports Generic Congressional Ballot, but after two weeks of a tightening race, Democrats have expanded their lead

But do America’s political parties represent American voters? We’ll tell you at 10:30.

Few voters already think the American government has the consent of its governed.  

Lawyers in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, today will make their final appeals to the jury in the bank and tax fraud trial of Former Trump Campaign manager Paul Manafort, while most voters (52%) don’t see criminal charges against Trump stemming from the Manafort charges as likely.

Democrats want President Trump to sit down with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team for an interview; Republicans don’t. But both sides agree that a Trump interview is unlikely to bring Mueller’s probe to a close

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Like President Trump and California Governor Jerry Brown, voters disagree on the cause of the wildfires raging in northern California, but most think this is a worse season for fires than usual.

California Governor Jerry Brown blamed the spreading California wildfires on climate change, something voters still consider a serious issue heading into the midterms. And they think humans are to blame.

Voters considered creating jobs slightly more important than stopping global warming when we asked them in April 2017.

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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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