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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, November 16, 2018

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

The latest figures include 36% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -5. (see trends).

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Sixty-three people are known dead in California wildfires, and President Trump will visit the state tomorrow to meet with survivors and survey the damage.  Voters disagree on the ultimate cause of the fires raging throughout the state since summer, but most think this is a worse season for fires than usual. 

Republicans overwhelmingly view President Trump as likable, and Democrats aren’t as enthusiastic about likely new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But among all voters, both Trump and Pelosi aren’t very beloved.

Michelle Obama has been making the rounds promoting her new book, prompting buzz about a potential presidential run, which she has vehemently denied. But with the midterms over and the focus on 2020, voters think she’d stand a chance.

The recent ups and downs of the stock market have done little to sway Americans’ confidence in the economy, but they're a little less upbeat about the direction of their own personal finances. 

UK Prime Minister Theresa May faces crippling dissent within her own Conservative Part over the Brexit deal her government has negotiated with the European Union to smooth the exit in March from that body.

Four of her ministers and two of their aides resigned yesterday over the deal, but when two senior ministers resigned in July, 65% of U.S. voters believed it at least somewhat likely that Great Britain would actually quit the European Union.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics this week announced a new policy statement strongly against spanking children, citing studies that find it is both ineffective as a punishment and potentially harmful in the long term. But adults don’t agree, and very few would go as far as to consider it child abuse.

Despite the positive turn in the economy and job market over the last two years, faith in our children’s future has waned

Stan Lee, Marvel Comics publisher, editor, writer and co-creator of many comic book and film superheroes, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, Mighty Thor, the Fantastic Four, and more recently, the Black Panther, died on Monday. We’ll tell you at 10:30 who Americans say is their favorite superhero and what they think of the creator.

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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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