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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-seven percent (47%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 36% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 37% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -1 (see trends).

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The president is expected to nominate a new U.S. Supreme Court justice as early as today. Most believe Trump will nominate justices who are strict constitutionalists.   They are more divided as to whether his nominees will be too conservative or about right politically.

Voters are closely divided over whether the United States should build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, but most think it’s likely that Trump will dramatically cut the number of illegal immigrants entering America.

Angry protests broke out across the country this weekend following the president’s decision to temporarily ban refugees from - and visas for - residents of Syria and several other Middle Eastern countries until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists. We’ll tell you what voters think of that ban at 10:30 a.m. EST today.

Voters strongly opposed former President Obama’s plan to bring tens of thousands of Middle Eastern and African refugees here this year.

But only 16% of Americans think this country can ever be made completely safe from terrorist attacks in general, although 52% of voters say the federal government does not focus enough on the threat of domestic Islamic terrorism.

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Following Trump’s signing of an executive order to put construction of the Keystone XL pipeline back on track, voters are less supportive of the project than they’ve been in the past, with opposition among Democrats in particular increasing dramatically from two years ago.

Trump’s executive action also includes moving ahead with the Dakota Access Pipeline that would run from the Dakotas to Illinois, a project which protestors successfully halted late last year. At that time, 62% of voters felt an oil pipeline like this can be built without significantly damaging the environment.

The president last week introduced the possibility of sending federal law enforcement to Chicago if the city fails to stem its rising murder rate, but most voters think the feds should butt out of local crime.

See “What They Told Us” in surveys last week.

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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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