Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Rasmussen: Trump APPROVAL Rate Holds At 50%
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 33% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -7 (see trends).
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Spring has sprung, and most Americans are in a better mood.
Forty percent (40%) of voters say the United States is headed in the right direction. That’s the lowest weekly finding since Trump took office January 20, but it compares to 26% a year ago.
Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch faced his first day of Senate confirmation hearings yesterday. They’ll resume today. We’ll tell you tomorrow morning how voters think Gorsuch did.
FBI Director James Comey told a House panel yesterday that his agency is investigating any possible ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign last year. Seventy-one percent (71%) of Democrats said in December that it’s likely the Russians helped Trump defeat their nominee Hillary Clinton. Just as many Republicans (71%) said that was unlikely.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is reportedly heading to Moscow to meet with Russian leaders next month. Voters worry about Tillerson’s business ties to Russia, and most think Russia is a likely influence on Trump’s foreign policy.
The president is proposing major cuts in foreign aid. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters believe the $42.4 billion the U.S. government is slated to give in economic and military aid to other countries this year is too much.
Trump has proposed the cuts to help fund a big increase in defense spending and the repair and replacement of infrastructure nationwide. Most voters agree that any new spending must be offset by budget cuts elsewhere.
Fifty-six percent (56%) of Americans think when it comes to team sports for children, it’s more important to reward the winners than to make sure everyone is recognized for participating.
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.