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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, October 20, 2017

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

The latest figures include 27% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 46% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19. (see trends).

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Rattling Congress and the health care insurance industry, President Trump last week cut off Obamacare cost-sharing reduction subsidies to insurers to hold down the cost of consumer premiums. Without the subsidies, Obamacare premiums are expected to rise 20% to 50%, depending on the plan, and more voters are now willing to front those costs to help cushion the blow for those who can’t afford it.  

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

“Anything you can do, I can do better,” so the song goes. And both men and women seem to agree. Most Americans think, generally speaking, men and women are equally capable of doing virtually all jobs.

However, amid growing allegations and criminal sexual assault charges against former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, most Americans see sexual harassment in the workplace as a serious problem, and nearly half have experienced it themselves or know someone who has.

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty this week to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He was captured by the Taliban in 2009 after he walked off his base in Afghanistan, and it appears voters are less upset these days with the Obama administration’s decision to swap several Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl.   

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Do voters agree with President Trump’s new order barring U.S. entry to people from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela until the federal government is better able to screen out potential terrorists? We’ll tell you at 10:30, and whether voters believe the new travel ban is aimed at blocking Muslims from entering the United States or keeping out terrorists.

The Supreme Court had temporarily allowed, with restrictions, President Trump’s previous travel ban against people from six majority-Muslim nations, but the court cancelled arguments about the legality of the ban scheduled for October after the Trump administration ordered new restrictions. Trump claimed the ban would keep the country safe, but voters weren’t sure they agreed.

“In America, we don’t worship government—we worship God,” President Trump said last Friday, reaffirming his administration’s promise to guard the religious liberties of Americans. Voters are nearly evenly split on whether the federal government is a protector of or threat to U.S. religious rights, but they are more inclined than in previous years to see it as a protector.

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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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