If it's in the News, it's in our Polls. Public opinion polling since 2003.


Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-six percent (56%) disapprove. 

The latest figures include 33% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 47% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14. (see trends).

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

Now that Gallup has quit the field, Rasmussen Reports is the only nationally recognized public opinion firm that still tracks President Trump's job approval ratings on a daily basis. If your organization is interested in a weekly or longer sponsorship of Rasmussen Reports' Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, please send e-mail to  beth@rasmussenreports.com .

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked Trump to delay his State of the Union message, scheduled for Tuesday, January 29. Should he, or shouldn’t he? We’ll tell you at 10:30 what voters say. 

A 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision yesterday allows the Trump administration to impose restrictions on transgender persons in the military while the lower courts hear cases about the administration’s transgender policies.

After Trump announced his transgender policy for military personnel in July 2017, voters were evenly divided over his decision to prohibit from military service those who want to live openly as the opposite sex.

The U.S. Supreme Court also agreed yesterday to hear a gun rights case objecting to a New York City ordinance that prohibits citizens from carrying guns outside city limits, ostensibly to protect its citizens. In that vein, New York has recently proposed a law that would require the government to check the social media posts and internet searches of all gun license applicants. Forty-six percent (46%) of voters favor having this type of law in their state.

Also in New York, a federal judge has ruled against the Trump administration’s attempt to restore a citizenship question to the 2020 census, even though it’s a question most Americans want to ask.

Just after the 46th  anniversary of the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade, most voters are pro-choice and think the ruling is likely to stick for years to come. 

(More below)

Participation in this past Sunday’s Women’s March appears to have gone down dramatically from two years ago when the first such march was held, but voters are little changed in their view that the annual event is good for women in general.  

Stock markets fell yesterday on news that preliminary talks to the scheduled trade meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the end of the month were off, then rose again after Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow denied that talks had been scheduled or cancelled in the first place.  Asian markets were mixed overnight. But voters have been much more optimistic recently about the United States’ trade future with China.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters believe America’s Founding Fathers would regard today’s federal government as too big.

(More below)

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.

Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.

We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.

Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.

To learn more about our methodology, click here.