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October 9, 2020

Trump’s Monthly Approval Hits 2020 High in September

When tracking President Trump’s job approval on a daily basis, people sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day fluctuations that they miss the bigger picture. To look at the longer-term trends, Rasmussen Reports compiles the numbers on a full-month basis, and the results for Trump’s presidency can be seen in the graphics below.

October 8, 2020

Americans Still Prefer Statehood for Puerto Rico Over D.C.

Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer says statehood for Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. are priorities for his party if they win control of Congress. But Americans remain more comfortable with one than the other.

October 8, 2020

Harris Edges Pence As Presidential Prospect

Voters put a lot more weight on the latest vice presidential debate compared to earlier election cycles and give Democrat Kamala Harris the edge over Republican Mike Pence as presidential material.

October 7, 2020

22% of Gun-Owning Households Have Added A Gun Since Anti-Police Protests Began

Over one-fifth of Americans who have a gun in their household have added one since the Black Lives Matter anti-police protests began in late May and feel safer because they’ve done so.

October 6, 2020

Voters Aren’t Swayed by Trump’s COVID Diagnosis

Voters strongly reject the idea of pushing back the election because of President Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis, with most saying the president’s illness will not influence their vote in any way.

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October 5, 2020

Despite More Evidence, Voters Are Less Sure of Wrongdoing by Comey, DOJ

While damning evidence of high level abuse continues to be made public, voters are less convinced that senior federal law enforcement officials acted illegally against Donald Trump and are less supportive of prosecuting former FBI Director James Comey.

October 2, 2020

Voters Are Getting More Fired Up About the Election

Enthusiasm continues to grow about the upcoming presidential election, with Republicans in particular more fired up since President Trump’s latest U.S. Supreme Court selection.

October 2, 2020

Debate Watchers Give Biden The Edge, But 20% Undecided

Even though President Trump did most of the talking, debate watchers tend to see Democrat Joe Biden as the winner, although a sizable number remain undecided.

October 1, 2020

Most Oppose ‘Packing’ Supreme Court But Favor Term Limits for Justices

Angered by President Trump’s nomination of a new U.S. Supreme Court justice just weeks before Election Day, several prominent Democrats have suggested adding more members to the high court or imposing term limits on the justices if their party regains control of the Senate. Most voters continue to favor term limits for the Supreme Court but oppose packing it with more members.

September 30, 2020

Voters Still Doubt Debate Moderators, Media Fact-Checking

Voters again this year think debate moderators are a lot more likely to help the Democrat presidential nominee over Donald Trump. They suspect the media plays favorites, too, when fact-checking what the candidates say.

September 30, 2020

School Choice: Public Opinion in Five Battleground States

The Manhattan Institute commissioned Rasmussen Reports to include nine questions related to school choice and charter schools in their late August–early September polling of likely voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, and North Carolina. Among these states, 46%–52% of the respondents said that they believe that giving parents the right to choose their children’s school raises the overall quality of K–12 education for students; 18%–20% believe that it lowers educational quality. Black respondents were more likely to believe that school choice raises educational quality.

September 29, 2020

Voters Attach Less Importance to This Year’s Debates

The vast majority is likely to watch this year’s presidential debates which begin tonight, but voters say the debates are less important than they were four years ago.

September 28, 2020

79% Think Barrett’s Senate Confirmation Is Likely

Voters aren’t convinced that federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett should sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, but a sizable majority expects her to be confirmed by the Senate.

September 25, 2020

62% Say Trump Has Changed the Republican Party

Voters are closely divided over whether Joe Biden’s lifetime in politics is a positive or a negative, but most agree President Trump’s lifetime in business has changed the direction of the Republican Party.

September 24, 2020

Most Don’t Blame Climate Change for Spread of Forest Fires

Most voters agree the incidence of wildfires is up this year, but they don’t buy that climate change is the main reason the fires are spreading.

September 23, 2020

33% Agree Coronavirus Lockdown Is Historic Assault on Civil Liberties

Politics continues to be a major defining factor when voters are asked about America’s response to the coronavirus. One-third of voters share U.S. Attorney General William Barr’s assessment that the resulting national lockdown is an unprecedented assault on civil liberties.

September 21, 2020

83% of GOP Voters Want Trump To Fill Ginsburg’s Seat

Republicans overwhelmingly want President Trump to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s U.S. Supreme Court seat, but among all voters, just over half think he should leave the position vacant for the winner of the presidential election to fill.

September 17, 2020

Voters Plan to Get More Involved in This Year’s Election

Democrats and Republicans are a lot more eager to get involved financially and otherwise in politics this year.

September 17, 2020

Most Want ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Laws to Protect Police, Fear for Public Safety

Most voters believe there is a war on police in America today and want to make attacks on cops punishable as a hate crime. Blacks worry most that these attacks will make their communities less safe.

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September 16, 2020

New Highs for Trump's Handling of Economy, National Security

Voters now give President Trump the highest marks of his presidency when it comes to his handling of the economy and national security. He's doing better than President Obama was going into the 2012 election.