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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, October 19, 2018

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

The latest figures include 33% who Strongly Approve of the president is performing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9. (see trends). 

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Look for our first numbers from the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races in Pennsylvania today and tomorrow.

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Pocahontas or president? Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren made a bungled attempt this week to defend her claims of Native American heritage in an effort to clear the way for a presidential run in 2020. So we gave voters a hypothetical choice of Warren vs. Trump. Find out at 10:30 who wins.

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.

With less than three weeks to Election Day, Democrats and Republicans remain in a near tie on the Rasmussen Reports Generic Congressional Ballot. Democrats lost their long-standing lead following the nastiness surrounding the Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters say they still get their political news from news reports, but that’s down from 74% before the mid-term elections eight years ago.

While this is the season of candidate debates, voters are almost evenly divided over whether debates help voters to decide or are just useless exercises.

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Americans like Amazon but worry that the online mega-market will continue to put more traditional retail outlets like Sears out of business.

The iconic Sears, Roebuck and Co. this week joined the list of retail giants who have filed for bankruptcy as Americans continue to gravitate to online shopping outlets. A startling 86% say they have purchased an item from Sears at some point in their lives.

Consumer and economic confidence, already at record highs, are heading up again.

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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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