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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-six percent (56%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 27% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 45% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18. (see trends).

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The president reiterated his America First foreign policy yesterday in his first speech before the United Nations but also said the responsible nations of the world have an obligation to curb aggressive bad actors like Iran and North Korea. Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters think Trump is more aggressive than most recent presidents in pushing what’s best for America

Fifty percent (50%) see Iran as an enemy of the United States, but that’s down from a high of 83% five years ago. The breakdown in most demographic categories on this question parallel those found on other political issues these days and suggest that feelings about Trump color the results regardless of what's in the news.

In July, 75% said the United Nations and the international community should do more – up to and including military action – to prevent North Korea’s further development of nuclear weapons

We’ll tell you at 10:30 today if voters think U.S. taxpayer should continue to be the biggest contributors to the UN.

After losing a major stronghold in Iraq, the Islamic State group (ISIS) may be close to defeat on the ground there, and voters here think the United States definitely has the edge on its radical rival of recent years

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Hillary Clinton’s latest book offers a laundry list of reasons why she lost the election, none of which include the weakness of her candidacy or any mistakes on the part of her campaign. The latest Rasmussen Minute explores whether these are just convenient excuses or valuable post-election insights.

Just 30% of voters believe Clinton still has a future in public life. Sixty-one percent (61%) say it’s time for her to retire.

A new study from Columbia University finds suicide attempt rates among American adults on the rise, and more than half today say they’ve lost someone to suicide.

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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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