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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove. 

The latest figures include 34% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9. (see trends).

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Trump in a tweet yesterday said that he “approved an expedited request for a Major Disaster Declaration” for California which continues to fight a massive round of wildfires that news reports this morning say have killed 42 people so far and wiped out a town.

Voters in August said they disagree on the cause of the wildfires that have been raging in northern California, and now in the south as well, but 54% believe there have been more wildfires this year than in past years.

Trump abruptly fired his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, right after the midterm elections last week. Democrats may not be too fond of the Alabama Republican, but they don’t agree with Trump’s decision to let him go. Republicans, on the other hand, are on board with the president.

Voters say illegal immigration and health care are the priorities for the new Congress but aren’t very hopeful that Trump and Democrats in Congress will work together. Democrats want to get on with impeachment, too.

But the likely new Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, New York Representative Jerrold Nadler, now insists that he has no intention of trying to impeach Trump or new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Most voters agree with that decision for Kavanaugh.

TV outlets ran with a story that Hillary Clinton will make a third bid for the presidency in 2020 after a pair of Democrats, one a former adviser to the Clintons, made that prediction in The Wall Street Journal yesterday. We’ll tell you at 10:30 what voters say about President Trump’s chances for a second term.

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Stock markets have sputtered so far this quarter and took moderate losses again yesterday, with the Dow Jones Industrial dropping just over 600 points, but they still remain among their highest levels historically. 

Americans’ confidence in the job market remains high, and so does their confidence in economic opportunity, though that is not as strong as it was earlier this year.

While consumer confidence is on the rise and 39% of Americans say their incomes will rise a year from now, 48% believe their income will be about the same as it is today.

For the sixth week in a row, 43% of voters think the country is heading in the right direction.

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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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