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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

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Wednesday, February 21, 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-one percent (51%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 31% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12. (see trends).

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Should the FBI director stay or go after his agency missed the warning signs on the Florida school shooter? We’ll tell you what voters think at 10:30.

Following last week’s school shooting that left 17 dead, Americans rate more gun control on the same level with treatment of the mentally ill as the best way to stop incidents of this kind. Support’s up for more gun control. But then just 54% think most children are safe in school these days.

The president’s plan to fix the nation’s ailing infrastructure calls for generating $1.5 trillion in upgrades through ventures involving the federal government, state government and private industry. Most voters like the idea of finding outside sources to help fund the infrastructure plan

Just 33% of Americans rate the safety of roads, bridges, dams, tunnels and the like in the area where they live as good or excellent. But only slightly more (35%) are willing to pay anything extra in taxes each year to upgrade and improve America’s infrastructure.  

Even though this Congress dodged the shutdown bullet and passed the biggest reform of the tax code in decades, voters continue to give it low marks. Just 31% think Congress is even somewhat likely to seriously address the most important problems facing the nation.

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This flu season is already one of the worst on record, and it’s not over yet. One-in-three Americans say the flu has hit their family, even though half have gotten a flu shot

In November, more adults than ever (59%) said they intended to get a flu shot, and 78% believed the shots were at least somewhat effective in preventing flu outbreaks. 

Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Americans rate their personal health as good or excellent, but 32% have postponed medical checkups or procedures in the past six months to save money.

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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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