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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday 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 Trump is performing and 47% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20. (see trends).

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The Trump administration is rolling back an Obama-era EPA regulation requiring a big drop in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 2030. Though they would prefer to keep that regulation in place and are less concerned now about the costs involved in implementing its requirements, voters are still torn on the impact it will have on fighting global warming.  

After President Trump announced June 1 that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, voters tended to agree the accord would have led to increased energy costs. Most also said they were unwilling to pay much more, if anything, to fight global warming.

Most voters think EPA shouldn’t be allowed to implement regulations without congressional approval.

Have most U.S. free trade agreements with other countries been good or bad for America, or of no impact? We’ll tell you at 10:30 what voters think and whether they believe it’s likely that the United States can renegotiate NAFTA with Canada and Mexico to America’s advantage.

Although they are evenly divided over whether President Trump or President Obama is responsible for the current economic boom, voters continue to have a lot more economic faith in themselves than in the man in the White House.

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Trump has repeatedly called out National Football League team owners in the partially tax-subsidized league for allowing player protests during the national anthem. Americans aren’t convinced that team owners have the right to order their players not to protest, but they don’t support the tax breaks the league is receiving.

Most Americans think individuals are responsible for their actions, but that people are held less accountable now than in the past.

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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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