Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 29% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 45% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16. (see trends)
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While the media inside the Beltway continues to debate whether the president used obscene language to describe some of the countries sending immigrants our way, Rasmussen Reports asked voters if the United States needs more selective legal immigration policies. We’ll tell you what voters think at 10:30.
Sixty-six percent (66%) already agree that when people move to the United States from other parts of the world, they should adopt America’s culture, language and heritage.
The Trump administration has announced that it will allow oil and gas drilling in most U.S. coastal waters, although Florida quickly obtained an exemption and other states are expected to follow. But voter support for offshore drilling has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 10 years of regular surveying.
Voters remain strong believers in the development of new energy sources and U.S. energy independence, but just 47% now believe this country does not do enough to develop its own gas and oil resources, down from a high of 76% in 2012. With shale oil development, however, Americans aren't feeling the pinch at the gas pump that they were feeling several years ago.
With the support of Alaska's congressional representatives, Republicans in Congress have finally succeeded – after more than 35 years of debate – in authorizing oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) even though more voters than ever are opposed. Democrats have opposed ANWR drilling, arguing that the amount of oil it would produce is not worth the environmental risk.
Forty percent (40%) of voters think the country is headed in the right direction. That compares to 30% two years ago at this time in Barack Obama’s final year as president.
But a high of 67% say Martin Luther King’s dream of racial equality has not yet been reached. Black voters are the most skeptical.
Just 22% of all voters believe race relations are getting better.
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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