Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Thursday, February 22, 2018
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 32% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11. (see trends).
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Voters think the president of the United States holds the right amount of power, though they’re not sure if that makes him the most powerful person in the world.
But focused more narrowly at home, voters are closely divided on whether President Trump or either party in Congress has an idea where the country is headed.
Still, most voters support President Trump’s plan to fix the nation’s ailing infrastructure by generating $1.5 trillion in upgrades through ventures involving the federal government, state government and private industry, and most of those voters like the idea of finding outside sources to help fund it.
Most voters continue to view the embattled Federal Bureau of Investigation favorably and aren’t ready to fire the FBI’s boss because of its failure to act on warning signs about the Florida school shooter.
But we’ll tell you at 10:30 whether Americans think stricter gun control laws will decrease violent crime.
President Trump has proposed shifting at least half of a food stamp recipient's monthly benefit from a monetary payment to a box of healthy, homegrown food. Nearly half of Americans believe it’s too easy to get food stamps and are open to this new plan.
However, while voters think it’s important to consider spending cuts across the board to reduce the federal budget, they think it’s that fault of politicians that nothing is getting cut.
Meanwhile, this flu season is already one of the worst on record, and it’s not even over yet. One-in-three Americans say the flu has hit their family, even though half have gotten a flu shot.
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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