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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 48% 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 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15. (see trends).

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With the president out of the country this week, the negative drumbeat of anti-Trump stories in the media has slowed somewhat. Most voters still feel Trump is to blame for his bad relationship with the media but also don’t think there is anything he can do about it. 

The radical Islamic State group (ISIS) has proudly taken credit for the slaughter of innocents earlier this week at a concert in Manchester, England. We’ll tell you at 10:30 how voters here think the United States should react.

Trump visited both Saudi Arabia and Israel this week in his first overseas trip as president. U.S. voters feel America’s relationship with Israel is more important to stability in the Middle East than the relationship with the Saudis. Seventy percent (70%) say Saudi Arabia has not been aggressive enough in its efforts to fight radical Islamic terrorism.

Trump is also meeting with the leaders of NATO this week. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was created to contain the Soviet Union, and the Soviet Union collapsed nearly 30 years ago. But 68% of voters still think the United States should belong to NATO.

NATO members, however, are stepping up their contributions to Europe’s defense after Trump complained that the United States wasn’t going to continue picking up most of the tab. A plurality (44%) of voters agreed with Trump in December that the United States should pull its troops out of Western Europe if the Europeans didn’t start paying their fair share.

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Despite their public differences, the president and Pope Francis appear to have had a cordial meeting at the Vatican yesterday. We’ll tell you at 1 p.m. today whether U.S. voters consider the pope an ally or enemy of the United States.

Most Americans still bank online, but concern is higher than ever about the safety of the country’s online economic systems following last week’s international WannaCry cyberattacks.

However, most recognize, too, that attacks of this nature can’t be totally avoided.

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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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