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Days After Trump Sends In The Feds, His Approval Rating Takes A Sharp Turn For The Better

Reported By Adam Casalino | July 22, 2020

Days After Trump Sends In The Feds, His Approval Rating Takes A Sharp Turn For The Better

Throughout the Summer, Americans have watched as radical activists rioted and protested in major U.S. cities. In response, Democrats slashed police funding—leading to a surge in violent crime.

President Trump expected local leaders to do their job and keep Americans safe. When they refused, it called in federal law enforcement to get the job done. Even then, Democrats tried to push back—actively criticizing federal forces who work to keep the streets safe.

But it appears Americans are not on the left’s side, as Trump’s approval rating takes a sharp turn for the better:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance…

At the same point in his presidency, President Obama also had an approval of 49%. Keep in mind, that was with the mainstream media providing glowing coverage. And no global pandemic or endless riots.

President Trump has had little positive coverage from major news networks, throughout his entire presidency. Yet despite the circumstances, he has the same approval rating as Obama—who went on to win the 2012 Election easily.

It appears few Americans are on board with the left’s defund the police sentiment. Surveys and other polls reveal that Americans of all backgrounds want safe cities, with well-funded and reliable police departments. Only the far-left, including BLM and Antifa, want cops defunded or abolished outright.

Based on this recent approval rating, Americans are responding to Trump’s action against the endless violence in blue cities. He promised to be a law and order president. His support of federal law enforcement to end rioting in Portland and other cities seems to be exactly what Americans want.

Recently, Joe Biden came out against federal law enforcement’s involvement in saving Portland. How that will affect voters’ sentiment will be seen, in November.

Key Takeaways:

  • President Trump’s approval rating is 49%, the same as Obama’s during this time in his presidency.
  • Trump has vowed to end the widespread violence and rioting hitting Democrat-run cities.
  • Meanwhile, Joe Biden condemned federal forces for stopping crime in Portland.

Source: Rasmussen Reports


Adam Casalino is a freelance writer, cartoonist, and graphic designer. He is a regular contributor for the Patriot Journal. Find his other work:

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, February 27, 2020 |

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-seven percent (47%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 38% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -2. (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

Total Approval22-Jan-1824-Apr-1827-Jul-1829-Oct-1808-Feb-1913-May-1915-Aug-1915-Nov-1927-Feb-200%10%20%30%40%50%60%02-Oct-19Total Approve (Trump): 48%02-Oct-11Total Approve (Obama): 45%www.RasmussenReports.comTotal Approve (Trump)Total Approve (Obama)
-2Approval Index22-Jan-1824-Apr-1827-Jul-1829-Oct-1808-Feb-1913-May-1915-Aug-1915-Nov-1927-Feb-2020%30%40%50%60%10-Sep-19Strongly Disapprove: 44%www.RasmussenReports.comStrongly DisapproveStrongly Approve

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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