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    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows President Trump making substantial gains after Tuesday’s State of the Union speech, and achieving his highest voter approval since March 7, 2017.

    Forty-nine (49%) of Likely U.S. Voters approve of the president’s job performance. Another 49% disapprove.

    The latest figures include 35% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 38% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -3. (see trends).

    These findings include the first two full nights of surveying following Tuesday’s speech.

    Regular updates are posted Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern  (sign up for free daily email update).

    The White House today may clear congressional Republicans to release an investigative memo showing that senior FBI officials engaged in politically motivated anti-Trump activities. By a 49% to 31% margin, voters think a special prosecutor should be named to investigate whether the officials handled the investigations of Trump and Hillary Clinton in a legal and unbiased fashion.

    Voters concede that opposition to President Trump’s agenda is politically motivated, but even after Trump’s conciliatory State of the Union speech, they’re slightly less convinced Congress should work with the president.

    Most voters don’t generally have faith that the promises made in a president’s State of the Union address will be accomplished, but they think Trump has a better chance than most of keeping his promises.

    With the unemployment rate at record lows and the stock market climbing to new highs, voters are starting to give Trump more positive marks for his handling of the economy. But Americans still aren’t convinced the boom will last.

    As this weekend’s Super Bowl brings football season to an end, more than one-in-three Americans say on-field protests by NFL players who took a knee during the national anthem deterred them from tuning in this season’s games.

    We’ll tell you at 10:30 whether Americans expect victory by the Eagles or the Patriots at Sunday’s big game. 

    President Trump’s monthly job approval in January edged up to 44%, one point higher than for the previous four months.

    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.