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Friday, May 18, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 33% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -7. (see trends) 

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Most Republicans think Arizona Senator John McCain who is terminally ill should step down from the U.S. Senate. McCain, the GOP presidential nominee in 2008, has been a consistent critic of both candidate and President Donald Trump, but Republican voters continue to identify a lot more with the president than with the senator.

Over 60% of GOP voters still believe as they have for the last several years that Republicans in Congress have lost touch with the party’s voters throughout the nation. Democrats remain a lot less critical of their congressional representatives.

Just over half of all voters now agree with Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The U.S Embassy in Israel opened there this week.

Voters were closely divided over the president's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem when he announced it in December, but among those who value Israel most as a U.S. ally, the majority thought it was a good idea.

The U.S. Supreme Court this week struck down a 26-year-old law prohibiting states from sponsoring betting on professional and college sports to raise revenue. But most Americans aren't embracing that idea just yet.

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Seattle City Council even rocked the proudly “progressive” Amazon and Starbucks with its passage of an annual $275-per-person “head tax” on employees at companies earning $20 million or more a year. The money is intended for the city’s growing homelessness problem. We’ll tell you what Americans think about all this at 10:30.

Sixty-one percent (61%) think there are too many Americans dependent on the government for financial aid, and a plurality (45%) believes current government programs increase the level of poverty in America.

One-in-three Americans say they’re likely to watch the wedding of Great Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.

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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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