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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-seven percent (47%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 37% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 38% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -1. (see trends).

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Most voters favor the president’s proposal to screen out immigrants to this country who don’t share our values or a belief in our basic constitutional freedoms. 

Fifty-four percent (54%) believe increasing the number of refugees from Syria, Iraq and other suspect Middle Eastern and African countries poses an increased national security risk to the United States. Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree, while 12% are undecided.

The president has ended Obama’s federal order opening all school bathrooms to transgender students. He has said in the past that this is not a matter for the federal government but should be up to states or individual localities instead. We’ll tell you at 10:30 whether voters still agree.

Critical of the press coverage he has been getting, Trump has called some in the media "enemies of the people." Most Republicans remain angry at the media and strongly support calling out specific members of the press by name, while Democrats and unaffiliated voters are far less critical of the media than they've been in the past.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of Americans still believe most major news organizations are more concerned with getting a story first than with getting it right.

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Trust drives cable news viewership.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of voters say they watch cable news networks at least occasionally for their political news in a typical week, including 25% who say they watch every day.

Hollywood is sure to trot out plenty of anti-Trump rhetoric at Sunday night’s Oscars show. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Americans think most Hollywood celebrities are more politically liberal than they are. Just 20% consider the celebrities good role models.

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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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