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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-six percent (55%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 26% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 45% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19. (see trends).

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The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has announced plans to begin admitting girls into its ranks amid declining membership, but despite recognizing the difficulty in getting kids to become scouts, the majority of Americans think Boy Scouts should just be for the boys.  

Accusations of sexual harassment and rape against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein have made ubiquitous news, reminding us that sexual harassment is still a workplace problem. We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. how big a problem Americans say it is.

Individuals are responsible for their actions, most Americans say, but people are held accountable less now than in the past.

Americans continue to think the politics of Hollywood bend to the left and that the film industry has a negative impact on society

A Rasmussen Reports survey in January found that just 20% of American Adults think most Hollywood celebrities are good role models. Sixty percent (60%) say they are not.

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After controlling two branches of government for nine months, the GOP has struggled to pass the agenda it ran on for years, most notably its promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. With Congress approval ratings hovering in the low teens, most Americans now believe government isn't the solution to our problems, but that government is the problem, the subject of this week's Rasmussen Minute

After President Trump criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over the Senate’s failure to pass a health care repeal bill before the August recess, more than one third of his fellow Republicans believed it a good idea that he step down.

President Trump rolled back an Obama-era mandate that required employer-based health care plans to cover prescription contraceptives. But new polling shows that support for such a mandate is up

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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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