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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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

The latest figures include 35% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -7. (see trends).

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Forty-two percent (42%) of voters say the country is headed in the right direction. This compares to the mid- to upper 20s for most of 2016, President Obama’s last year in office. 

Still, 47% say they miss having Obama in the White House, although just as many (46%) do not. But Trump’s job approval numbers continue to run slightly ahead of Obama’s during his second year in office.

Forty percent (40%) of voters think most world leaders see Trump as stronger than Obama. Slightly more (45%) still feel that most world leaders see Trump as weaker than his predecessor, but that’s down five points from November.

Eighteen months after Election Day, many Democrats and their allies in Hollywood and the media continue to attack Trump in an unprecedented fashion. But few voters think Trump-bashing will pay off for his opponents in the next election

The Trump administration is reinstating a Reagan era policy that would ban federal funds from going to any facility or program that promotes abortion or refers patients to an abortion provider. We’ll tell you at 10:30 what voters think of that.

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Print newspapers have long been dying, but Americans are less confident now that other news sources can take their place.

Disgraced actor and comedian Bill Cosby was found guilty last month of three counts of aggravated sexual assault and is set to be sentenced in September. Many have cited his age and declining health as potential reasons to not pursue a prison sentence, but Americans want to see Cosby pay in both time and money for his crimes.

Just 30% of voters think sexual harassment of women is a bigger problem in America today, while 63% believe the media is just covering it more than in the past. 

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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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