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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 32% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 46% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14. (see trends).

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Trump’s job approval rating has fallen to its lowest level in a year following his Oval Office address last week calling for increased border security including a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to help stop illegal immigration. But most voters want tight border control and disagree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s charge that a wall is “immoral. 

Most also continue to think that illegal immigrants are a significant strain on the U.S. budget.  A plurality believes they increase the level of serious crime, too.

Democrats in Congress refuse to fund the border wall, and the federal government continues to be partially shutdown because of this budget impasse. We’ll tell you at 10:30 if voters are feeling any pain over the shutdown.

An increasing number of elected Democrats including several presidential hopefuls are endorsing a so-called Green New Deal although the details vary. Democratic voters love a Green New Deal that would focus on climate change, income inequality and racial injustice, but other voters still aren't convinced.  

Many of the ideas behind the Green New Deal call for greater government involvement in the economy and society in general, and critics see many of them as socialist ideas that have failed in the past. While Democratic voters are intrigued by socialist solutions, they’re not willing yet to become a socialist party. 

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Speaking of socialists, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a new Democratic member of Congress, is the darling of many millennials. Ocasio-Cortez runs a surprisingly close race with Trump in a hypothetical 2020 presidential matchup. Fortunately for the president, she’s not old enough to run.

But more Democrats who are old enough are jumping into the race for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination or at least saying aloud that they’re interested in running. Even Democrats, though, aren’t thrilled at the prospect of a huge field of presidential contenders.

Voters strongly believe journalists and political opponents are targets of spying by the U.S. government, and they don’t trust the judgment of the feds when they do it.

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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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