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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday 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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The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has announced plans to begin admitting girls into their ranks amid declining membership, but despite recognizing the difficulty in getting kids to become scouts, most Americans think Boy Scouts should just be for the boys.

Shortly after President Trump’s July 24 speech at the 2017 Boy Scouts jamboree, 75% of American Adults had a favorable opinion of the organization, including 35% who have a Very Favorable impression, higher than in previous years, but still slightly less popular than the Girl Scouts.

Should the law require businesses to provide health insurance covering contraceptives for women without charges to the patient? We’ll tell you at 10:30 what voters think, and whether they think business owners should be able to opt out of providing such health insurance coverage if it violates their religious beliefs.

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

Meanwhile, voters remain critical of free trade in general but suspect that the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) initiated by President Trump will produce something better for the United States.

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The Rasmussen Reports Consumer Spending Update for October shows that economic confidence is up two points to 129.2, still among the highest level of confidence since this tracking began in 2014.

For the first time in eight years of tracking, more than half of homeowners see a rising home value in their future.

Thirty-one percent (31%) of voters now think the country is heading 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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