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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-six percent (56%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 27% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 45% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18. (see trends). 

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With sex harassment charges flying everywhere, now even within the hallowed halls of Congress, we asked voters if Senator Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, should resign over the allegations made against him. We’ll tell you what voters say at 10:30.

Thinking ahead to next year’s midterm elections, voters are leaning towards returning the Democrats to control of the entire Congress for the first time since early 2011.

Most voters (59%) think it’s likely Republicans will lose control of Congress in next year’s elections.

Some including several Republican senators blame the president for the turn against the GOP Congress; others blame Congress’ inability to produce major legislation so far this term. Interestingly, 57% of Likely GOP Voters believe the Republican Party should be more like the president. Just 33% feel the party should be more like Senate Republicans instead.

Republican leaders in Congress are aiming to pass tax reform legislation by year’s end, and most voters think it’s important that happens.

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Joe Biden has jumped to the head of the list of potential Democratic presidential nominees in 2020 as far as voters in the party are concerned. He’s taken a two-to-one lead over previous favorite Bernie Sanders.

A federal judge in California has halted the Trump administration’s efforts to cut some federal funds to cities that protect illegal immigrants from immigration authorities. Voters are evenly divided over whether the federal government should cut off at least some funding to so-called sanctuary cities.

Thirty-three percent (33%) of voters believe the country is headed 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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