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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday 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 Trump is performing and 45% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16. (See trends).

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A thorough medical assessment of President Trump reviewed yesterday found him physically and cognitively fit to do his job, not only for this term, but a second term, if elected.

That assessment nullifies many of the opposition charges made against him, including those made by the author of a new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” which voters aren’t sure is an attack piece or truth. Most don't plan to read it anyway.

Lost in the furor over whether President Trump used off-color language in a private discussion of legal immigration is the issue he was addressing: Why isn’t the United States admitting higher skilled, better-educated immigrants? Maybe it’s because voters themselves are conflicted.  

As so-called Dreamers, immigrants who were illegally brought to the United States as children and were previously protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), rush to renew their applications to stay in the United States, more voters now believe most immigrants work hard to pursue the American Dream. They also have a favorable opinion of those who are working toward that dream. 

What do voters think about the Trump administration’s suggestion that states should be allowed to determine work requirements for some Medicaid recipients?  We’ll tell you at 10:30.

Wacky tobaccy, cronic, dope... whatever you call it, an ever-growing wave of support for legalizing the recreational use of marijuana has been permeating throughout the United States of America recently. Is America about to go up in smoke? Or are we just tripping? Take a deep breath and check out this week's Rasmussen Minute.

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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. 

The Navy is moving ahead with court martial proceedings against commanders of two U.S. guided-missile destroyers for their roles in collisions last summer that killed 17 sailors, and other officers and crew member will also face court martial or nonjudicial punishment, the Navy announced yesterday.

Following four separate accidents involving U.S. warships in the Pacific last year, voters weren’t certain if the Navy had actually been experiencing more mishaps than usual or if the media had just drawn more attention to them

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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