Trump's approval at 51% in final tracking poll

Marine One carrying President Donald J. Trump approaches for a landing on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, following his trip to Texas. (Official White House photo by Tia Dufour)

In Rasmussen’s final presidential tracking poll for President Trump, 51% of likely voters approved of his job performance.

Rasmussen Reports said the figures include 36% who said they strongly approve and 41% who strongly disapprove.

Trump’s job performance numbers improved steadily after August 2017, reaching a total approval of 50% for April 2019, the pollster said. During the pandemic, his numbers dropped as low as 45% for June 2020. By comparison, President Obama’s monthly approval ran from a high of 59% in February 2009, his first full month in the White House, to a low of 44% in August and October of 2011.

Rasmussen anticipated its 51% approval figure would invited “doubters.”

On Twitter, the polling company explained how its approach differs from polls by IBD, CNN, ABC/Washington Post, Pew and Morning Consult/Politico.

IBD had Trump’s final approval at 42%, CNN at 34%, ABC at 38%, Pew at 29% and Morning Consult at 34%.

Rasmussen surveys likely voters and weights its sample 38% Democrat, 36% Republican and 26% independent.

IBD, however, polls registered voters, instead of likely voters, and is weighted 40% Democrat, 30% Republican and 30% independent.

CNN polls “adults” and is weighted 33% Democrat, 26% Republican and 41% independent.

ABC/Washington Post polls adults and is weighted 31% Democrat, 25% Republican and 44% independent.

Pew polls “2020 Voters” and is weighted 57% Democrat, 39% Republican and 4% independent.

Morning Consult/Politico polls registered voters and is weighted 41% Democrat, 30% Republican and 29% independent.

Rasmussen Reports also differs with its use of automated telephone polling techniques while other firms still utilize their operator-assisted technology.

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 don’t have a landline, Rasmussen Reports uses an online survey tool to interview randomly selected participants from a demographically diverse panel.

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