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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 31% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 44% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13. (see trends).

Gallup has announced that it is ending its daily presidential tracking poll which means Rasmussen Reports is now the only survey firm still tracking presidential job approval on a daily basis.

Regular updates are posted Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern  (sign up for free daily email update).

Critics of President Trump and Obama before him have claimed that each has widened rather than closed racial divisions in the United States. 

Now more Americans than ever believe Martin Luther King Jr.’s dreams of equal opportunity in the country still aren’t a reality.   

We’ll tell you at 10:30 what voters think about the state of race relations in America today 

An errant announcement of a nuclear attack on Hawaii Saturday, disrupted routines and sent residents and visitors scrambling for cover, some making what they thought could have been their final phone calls to loved ones.   

However, with President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un talking more diplomatically and North Korea sending athletes to the Winter Olympics in neighboring South Korea, fears of a nuclear attack from the rogue regime in Pyongyang are lessening here. Nonetheless, 42% of Likely U.S. Voters still think it is likely that North Korea will use a nuclear weapon to attack the United States.  

Voters are split on whether the new book about President Donald Trump, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” is an attack piece or truth. But most don't plan to read it anyway.  

Even Democrats aren't overly confident that their legislators in Congress will be able to stop President Trump's agenda.  

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced plans to roll back Obama-era protections that ease federal marijuana laws in states where the drug is legalized. But most voters want to keep marijuana regulated at the state level, not a federal one.

Following this year’s Golden Globes, the first award show of Hollywood’s #MeToo era, even fewer Americans see celebrities as good role models.

See "What They Told Us" in surveys last week.

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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