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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove. 

The latest figures include 34% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9. (see trends).

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With less than three weeks to Election Day, Democrats and Republicans remain in a near tie on the Generic Congressional Ballot.

Voters are split on whether candidate debates are informative or useless, but almost half have watched one this midterm election season.

Most voters think Democrats are likely to take charge of the House of Representatives following next month’s elections but expect them to fall short of capturing the Senate, too.

Following her first major trip to Africa as First Lady, Melania Trump has earned some more fans.

Hillary Clinton last week urged Democrats not to be civil with Republicans over political issues, prompting rare disagreement from former First Lady Michelle Obama. Voters also disagree with Clinton but, unlike her, don’t expect things to improve even if Democrats return to power in Congress.

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Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday to reorganize its 125-year-old business, including the closure of 142 stores, according to Business Insider. We’ll tell you at 10:30 what Americans think of the iconic American retailer. 

Canada yesterday joined three other countries and eight U.S. states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.  Americans see marijuana as less dangerous than alcohol,  but voters favor legislation that would require all state lawmakers be tested for illegal drugs.

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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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