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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, November 20, 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 36% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -5. (see trends). 

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Democrats talk a lot about impeaching the president and possibly even going after new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. But do voters really understand how impeachment works? Find out at 10:30.

Following the midterm elections, voters still see political division ahead, but they're not quite as pessimistic as they were last year.

Voters say illegal immigration and health care are the priorities for the new Congress but aren’t very hopeful that the president and Democrats in Congress will work together.  Interestingly, infrastructure, the issue both sides have mentioned as one they could possibly agree on, is rated first in importance by only four percent (4%) of voters.

Just prior to the election, 58% said Trump is setting the national agenda, but just 25% expected that to still be true if Democrats won control of at least one chamber of Congress.

Forty-two percent (42%) of voters agree with the White House’s decision to suspend CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials, but even more (46%) think that when most reporters write or talk about the president, they are trying to block him from passing his agenda. By contrast, voters thought most reporters were trying to help President Obama whenever possible.

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Forty-one percent (41%) of voters say the country is headed in the right direction, down slightly from attitudes just prior to the midterm elections.

Americans aren’t waiting for Thanksgiving to start their holiday shopping, and a growing number say they plan on opening their wallets wider this year than in years past.

Thirty-one percent (31%) now say they’re inclined to spend more in the month ahead as they gear up for holiday shopping, the highest monthly finding since last November.

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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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