Spring surprise! Trump approval 50%!

April 2, 2018

Monday, April 02, 2018

 

 

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove.

 

The latest figures include 33% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -6. (see trends).

Trump’s overall job approval rating is now running ahead of where Barack Obama’s was at this stage of his presidency.  

 

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

Now that Gallup has quit the field, Rasmussen Reports is the only nationally recognized public opinion firm that still tracks President Trump's job approval ratings on a daily basis.

 

Who works harder – you, Congress or the president? Find out what voters think at 10:30 this morning.

Rumors are swirling around that Paul Ryan may step down as Speaker of the House of Representatives. While he is liked by a strong majority of Republicans, they wouldn’t be sad to see Ryan go.

 

Just 15% of all voters think Congress is doing a good or excellent job. That’s par for the course in recent years.

Most GOP voters want their party to follow Trump, not Senate Republicans. 

 

Democrats and liberal activists are angry at the Trump administration for adding a citizenship question to the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census. But two-out-of-three Americans (66%) agree that the Census should ask respondents whether they are citizens of the United States.

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Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote an op-ed in The New York Times  last week calling for repeal of the Second Amendment in light of the current gun control debate, but most Americans reject that idea. 

 

While some government officials and activists are calling for tighter gun control laws following the massacre at a Florida high school in February, Americans aren’t convinced stricter gun laws will reduce crime and don’t trust the government to fairly enforce those laws. By a 54% to 33% margin, Americans believe the failure of government agencies to respond to numerous warning signs from the prospective killer is more to blame for the mass shooting in Florida than a lack of adequate gun control.

 

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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