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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-six percent (56%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 26% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 47% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21. (see trends).

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During his first major foreign policy speech last night, President Trump said U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan for now, a policy that nearly half of voters (49%) have said they prefer.  

In the speech Trump stated, “A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al-Qaeda, would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11th .” While fewer voters now think the terrorists have the upper hand in the ongoing War on Terror, they don’t believe relationships with the Islamic world are getting much better.

When most reporters write or talk about President Trump, are they trying to help him pass his agenda, block him from passing his agenda, or are they trying to report the news in an unbiased manner? Rasmussen Reports will tell you at 10:30 Eastern what voters think.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of Republicans - and 50% of all voters - believe it is impossible for Trump to do anything that the media will approve of.

Thirty percent (30%) of Likely U.S. Voters now think the country is heading in the right direction. 

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Few Americans think they have true freedom of speech today and think the country is too politically correct.

Half of Likely U.S. Voters agree with President Trump’s defense of historical statues, and few believe that getting rid of Confederate monuments will lessen racial tensions in America.

Eighty-eight percent (88%) of voters oppose altering namesakes of Washington and Jefferson, both slave owners, and removing statues in their honor. Even more oppose the closing or changing of Mount Rushmore.

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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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