Rasmussen Poll: Trump’s Approval Rating Nudges up Slightly

March 2, 2017 Updated: March 2, 2017

A daily tracking poll found that President Donald Trump’s approval rating has increased slightly—two days after he gave a speech to Congress on Tuesday night.

Rasmussen Reports, in its latest poll update, revealed that 52 percent of likely American voters approve of the job Trump is doing.

Another 48 percent disapprove of the job he’s doing.

“The latest figures include 36 percent who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 39 percent who Strongly Disapprove,” the pollster found.

Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll, which carries out daily anonymous surveys, has consistently shown relatively higher favorability ratings for the president.¬†FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver found that the most negative recent polls were conducted via the “live caller” method, meaning that the pollster had to actually speak with a person, whereas automated or online polls offer much more anonymity—perhaps allowing people to express their true views on Trump without fear. Rasmussen, Zogby, and Morning Consult are online and/or automated.

Daily tracking results are collected through telephone surveys of 500 likely voters per each night, and it has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points either way with a 95 percent level of confidence. The surveys are automated.

Early polls showed that Americans approved of Trump’s speech to Congress.

A YouGov/CBS News poll, conducted after the speech, discovered that both Republicans and Democrats thought it was “presidential” while Independents and Republicans described it as “unifying.”

Seventy-six percent of viewers approved of the speech and 24 percent disapproved, the CBS poll found.