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Voters Say Cabinet Important But Less So to Trump

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 15:30

There’s more turnover at the highest levels of the Trump administration, but voters aren’t surprised: They continue to believe President Trump is less dependent on his Cabinet than his predecessors in the White House.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 95% of Likely U.S. Voters consider a president’s Cabinet choices important to the success of his administration, with 65% who say they are Very Important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 16-17, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 14:30

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 34% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 44% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10.  (See trends).

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. If your organization is interested in a weekly or longer sponsorship of Rasmussen Reports' Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, please send e-mail to  beth@rasmussenreports.com .

Follow the (Climate Change) Money By Stephen Moore

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 14:30

The first iron rule of American politics is: Follow the money. This explains, oh, about 80 percent of what goes on in Washington.   

21% Are Willing to Privately Contribute to Build Border Wall

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 13:30

Congress appears likely to refuse funding again for President Trump's border wall, but one-in-five voters are willing to dig into their own pockets to privately fund the barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 21% of Likely U.S. Voters say they would contribute money to a private fund set up to build the wall if Congress refuses to fund it. A sizable majority (69%) would not privately contribute, but 10% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on December 12-13, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Can America Fight Two Cold Wars at Once? By Patrick J. Buchanan

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 13:30

Kim Jong Un, angered by the newest U.S. sanctions, is warning that North Korea's commitment to denuclearization could be imperiled and we could be headed for "exchanges of fire."

41% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 18:00

Forty-one percent (41%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey for the week ending December 13.

This week’s finding is down two points from last week. This finding has been running in the 40s for most weeks this year after being in the mid- to upper 20s for much of 2016, President Obama's last full year in office.

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The national telephone survey of 2,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from December 9-13, 2018. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Americans Blame Politicians, News Media for “Toxic” Culture

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 15:30

The Oxford English Dictionary named “toxic” as the word of the year for 2018 because of its increased usage in the context of the environment, politics and in connection with the #MeToo movement. Americans are torn on whether the word should have received the honor, but agree that politicians and the media have contributed to a toxic culture.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 43% of American Adults agree with the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary that “toxic” is the word of the year. Thirty-seven percent (37%) disagree, while a sizable 20% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 12-13, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 14:30

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty  percent (51%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 33% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9. (See trends).

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. If your organization is interested in a weekly or longer sponsorship of Rasmussen Reports' Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, please send e-mail to  beth@rasmussenreports.com .

Religion An Important Part of Most Americans’ Lives

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 13:30

With the holiday season upon us, most Americans still consider their faith an important part of their life, even if they don’t attend services regularly.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 71% of American Adults say their religious faith is at least somewhat important in their daily life, including 47% who say it’s Very Important. Just 27% say their faith does not play an important role in their life, with 15% who say it is Not At All Important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 10-11, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 13:00

The 115th Congress is winding to a close with Democrats positioning themselves for hyper-partisan challenges to President Trump’s agenda in their new role as the majority party in the House next year. But the final showdown next week will be over approval of a budget with or without a wall.

Support for Border Wall on the Rise Again, But Not At Govt Expense

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 15:30

President Trump warned that a partial government shutdown is looming just in time for Christmas following a heated meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer earlier this week in which the two parties failed to come to an agreement over spending for a border wall. Voters are getting more enthusiastic about building the wall, but they’re still not willing to risk a shutdown over it.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters now say the United States should build a wall along the Mexican border to help stop illegal immigration, up from 43% in September and 37% in July of last year. Just as many (48%) still oppose the wall, but that’s been on the decline from 56% in July 2017. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on December 12-13, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:30

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 48% 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 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9. (See trends).

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. If your organization is interested in a weekly or longer sponsorship of Rasmussen Reports' Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, please send e-mail to  beth@rasmussenreports.com .

What Lies Behind the Malaise of the West? By Patrick J. Buchanan

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:02

Is it coincidence or contagion, this malady that seems to have suddenly induced paralysis in the leading nations of the West?   

Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Closes Out 2018 Among Four-Year Highs

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:30

Although 2018 didn’t end with the same fervor of economic confidence that we saw at the beginning of the year, the final numbers are certainly nothing to sneeze at.

The Rasmussen Reports Economic Index for December dropped one point to 138.0, in line with most of 2018.

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The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on December 2-3, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Parties Need to Up Their Game By Michael Barone

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:28

Two weeks ago in this column, I asked what is to blame for the weakness of the heads of government here and in Western Europe, institutional failure, voter fecklessness, leaders' personal weaknesses or some combination of all three?

This week, let's look at one of those institutions: political parties. How have they contributed to current woes? How can they perform better?

Americans Think More Religion Would Make the Country a Better Place

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 18:00

This holiday season, Americans think a little more religion would go a long way.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of American Adults think America would be a better place if most people attended religious services on a regular basis, down just slightly from 53% who said the same in 2015.

Just nine percent (9%) think more religious attendance would make the country a worse place, while 31% think it would have no impact on America. Another 11% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 10-11, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Americans Not Sold on Medicare For All

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:30

A proposal has been made to extend Medicare benefits to Americans of all ages. Voters are on the fence about the idea, but they do believe it would increase health care costs.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a plan to extend Medicare benefits to all Americans, not just those ages 65 and older. Forty-four percent (44%) oppose such a proposal, while 14% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 10-11, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 14:30

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-eight percent (48%) disapprove. 

The latest figures include 35% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -5. (see trends).

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. If your organization is interested in a weekly or longer sponsorship of Rasmussen Reports' Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, please send e-mail to  beth@rasmussenreports.com .

Most Voters Still See Government As A Problem

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:30

President Ronald Reagan said in his first inaugural address in 1981 that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem,” and voters still agree.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with Reagan’s statement that government is the problem, while 30% disagree. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure. Reagan’s name was not mentioned in the question. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 10-11, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Senate 2020: Republican Exposure on Paper, But Not Necessarily in Practice By Kyle Kondik

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:16

In the 2018 cycle, the big story was that the Democrats faced a historically difficult map of Senate races. They had to defend 26 of the 35 seats being contested, including Democratic incumbents in several dark red states. Ultimately, Democrats won 24 of the 35 races, nearly 70% of those on the ballot. But Republicans netted two seats overall, boosting their majority from 51 seats to 53 seats when the new Senate convenes next month.  Democrats will hold 47 seats, a total that includes independent Sens. Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

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