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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-seven percent (57%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 24% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 47% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -23. (see trends).

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The president in a speech to the nation Monday night announced that he is sending more troops to Afghanistan, America’s longest running war. Find out at 10:30 how voters feel about this decision.

After the United States dropped its biggest non-nuclear bomb on an ISIS terror camp there in May, 45% of voters agreed Afghanistan remains a vital U.S. national security interest.  Thirty-two percent (32%) disagree, while 23% were undecided.

Just 28% of Americans believe they have true freedom of speech today, and most think the country is too politically correct.

Seventy-three percent (73%) insist that they are prepared to defend freedom of speech even at the cost of their lives if necessary.

After conservative pundit Ann Coulter was forced to cancel a planned speech at University of California, Berkeley, in the late spring following protests and threats of violence by some students, 44% of Americans said there is less freedom of speech on U.S. college campuses today than there has been in the past. Nearly half (47%) also believe most college administrators and professors are more interested in getting students to agree with certain politically correct points of view rather than in a free exchange of ideas.

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Nearly half of voters feel the media is actively trying to block Trump’s agenda – a stark contrast to how voters felt about most reporters in the Obama years.

The media’s overheated reaction to what the president did and didn’t say following the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va. is the subject of this week’s Rasmussen Minute.

Will he or won’t he? The president strongly suggested in a speech in Phoenix last night that he will pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio following his conviction for criminal contempt for ignoring a federal judge’s order to stop traffic patrols targeting illegal immigrants. Forty-six percent (46%) of Republicans think Trump should pardon Arpaio, but just 17% of Democrats and 31% of unaffiliated voters agree.

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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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