Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Monday, January 22, 2018
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-six percent (56%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 28% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 46% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18. (see trends).
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Democrats have been complaining recently about the president’s physical and mental health, but his White House physician who also worked for President Obama blew those concerns away at a press conference last week. We’ll tell you at 10:30 how voters rate Trump’s health.
The government shutdown continues, driven by the Democrats’ refusal to compromise on illegal immigration. Most voters oppose a shutdown over the so-called Dreamers issue and believe securing the border is a bigger priority.
But despite the screaming headlines, only 12% of voters say past government shutdowns have impacted them personally in a major way.
Several black members of Congress have been calling for the president’s impeachment for months and now are boycotting his upcoming State of the Union speech over his criticism of Haiti and some nations in Africa. But very few voters think this continuing confrontation is good for the black community.
Fifty percent (50%) believe the president is a racist. Forty-three percent (43%) disagree and say his opponents are accusing him of racism for political gain. But 72% think most politicians raise racial issues just to get elected. Only 13% think they raise these issues to address real problems.
Working Americans are more confident than they have been in years that they will get a salary increase in the near future.
Economic confidence is at its highest level in years as well.
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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