Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Friday, July 20, 2018
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 31% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 45% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14. (see trends).
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While many mass media outlets yesterday were entertaining reaction to President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, the White House announced plans to invite Putin to Washington for a second meeting in the fall.
Despite the media’s deep unhappiness over Trump’s meeting with Putin, most Republicans think he did just fine.
We’ll tell you at 10:30 what voters think about Trump’s handling of Russia compared to his predecessors.
Looking further ahead, President Trump on Wednesday said he would “love” a 2020 presidential bid by former Vice President Joe Biden, who on Tuesday announced that he would decide in January whether to seek the Democratic nomination.
Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders are among those touted as serious Democratic presidential contenders in 2020, but three-out-of-four Democrats think their party needs to turn to someone new.
As Congress prepares for its August recess, voters aren’t happy with the work they’ve been putting in.
Nor do voters think Congress cares about them, but is instead more interested in pleasing the media.
News reports this morning say that Trump is willing to impose tariffs on more than $500 billion in goods imported from China.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about a trade war with that country.
Voters still see an overpowered government as a bigger danger to the world than an underpowered one.
Democrats continue to lead Republicans on this week’s Rasmussen Reports Generic Congressional Ballot.
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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