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Monday, March 19, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 31% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12. (See trends).

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After U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Sessions fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Friday night for “lack of candor” at the recommendation of the FBI Inspector General,  some TV news programs speculated wildly about what might come next.

In today’s 24/7 news cycle, most Americans still think the media is obsessed with getting the story first, when they think they should be focused on getting it right.

The firing of McCabe came days after President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replacing him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Republican voters tend to like Pompeo, but don’t regard him as highly as they did Tillerson last year. Still, one-in-three voters still need time to get to know Pompeo before casting an opinion.

Following Trump’s firing of Tillerson, voters remain strongly convinced that a president’s Cabinet plays a critical role in governance, but most also agree that Trump doesn’t use his Cabinet like his predecessors did.

Meanwhile, members of the Congressional Black Caucus and a leader of the Women’s March are catching heat after information surfaced that they met with or appeared at events with Louis Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite. While a majority of voters don’t like the leader of the Nation of Islam, black voters see him in a more favorable light.

In January, prominent Democrats accused President Trump of being a racist for championing the bringing of higher educated, more skilled immigrants to America, and voters tend to believe they’re right. But The Rasmussen Minute shines light on seldom seen videotape footage of Trump talking about blacks and minorities in New York City back in the 1990s to help determine whether or not President Trump is, in fact, a racist.

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Which should come first, a pathway to citizenship for people brought into the United States as children or a wall between the United States and Mexico? Will Congress ever pass comprehensive immigration reform? We’ll tell you at 10:30 what voters think.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced last week that 313,000 jobs were created in February and the unemployment rate remained at a 17-year low. Though President Trump’s new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports have some wondering what effect they’ll have on the job market, Americans are more confident than ever that things will only get better.

See What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls. 

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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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