If it's in the News, it's in our Polls. Public opinion polling since 2003.


Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 40% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-eight percent (58%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 25% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 48% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -23. (see trends). 

Regular updates are posted Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern   (sign up for free daily email update).

Nearly half of voters say they are leaning toward voting in the next election for a member of Congress who opposes the president’s agenda

Voters consider Trump less ethical than President Obama, and many still suspect that he has less ethics that other politicians.

Most voters think Trump is his own worst enemy, but Democrats and Republicans sharply disagree.

This partisan division is clear in the ratings voters give the president on most policy issues. With unemployment at a 10-year low in May, 73% of Republicans rate Trump’s handling of job creation as good or excellent, but just 15% of Democrats agree.

The president has officially declared the nation’s opioid crisis a national emergency. A plurality of Americans agree it’s a major problem where they live, and the number who think most doctors overprescribe drugs has jumped dramatically in the past three years. 

(More below)

Should China be doing more to reduce the North Korean threat?  We’ll tell you at 10:30 EST what voters think.

Businessman Donald Trump was on to North Korea 19 years ago, but three presidents failed to heed the warning. The latest Rasmussen Minute looks at Trump's long-time awareness of the North Korean threat and what he's saying about it now.

Most voters think it’s likely the United States will soon be at war with North Korea

(More below)

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.

Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.

We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.

Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.

To learn more about our methodology, click here.