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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-seven percent (57%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 26% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 47% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21. (see trends). 

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After another incident yesterday in which one U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and second seriously injured in Texas, President Trump renewed his call to build a wall along the Mexican border. Most voters (56%) over the summer opposed that idea, but a majority of Republicans (58%) said they support building a border wall.

Republicans are less sure, though, whether the Senate GOP leadership should try to deny Roy Moore his seat if the embattled Alabama Senate candidate wins election next month. Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters have an unfavorable opinion of Moore, the former state judge who now faces multiple allegations of harassing young women.

Republican leaders in Congress aim to pass tax reform legislation by the year’s end, and most voters and even nearly half of Democrats think it's important that tax reform happens.

Looking ahead, most voters think it’s probable Republicans will relinquish control of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections, and even a sizable number of GOP voters agree. 

We’ll tell you at 10:30 which prominent Democrats voters say best represent the party and would make the best candidate against President Trump if he runs for reelection in 2020.

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With more states poised to potentially legalize recreational marijuana use soon, support among voters to legalize it in their state is slowly climbing

The government jobs report for October showed the hurricane-hit U.S. economy rebounding strongly, with the unemployment rate down now to 4.1%, the lowest level since 2000. No wonder that confidence in the job market has risen to a new high.

See "What They Told Us" in surveys last week. 

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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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