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Emerson e-Poll: Trump Approval Improves, Populace Issues are Popular with Voters

A new Emerson e-Poll finds President Trump’s approval at 43% and his disapproval is at 50%. It appears the President has rebounded from the last e-Poll on August 31 when his approval was 38%-53% and is back to his numbers from July 7 when the e-Poll had it at the same 50% disapprove to 43% approve.  The e-Poll was conducted Oct 1-4 consisting of n=1,000 registered voters, +/-3.2% 

Similarly, the generic ballot test saw tightening with 50% voting Democrat and 42% voting Republican. In the August poll, Democrats led 52%-39%.

A series of issue questions were asked and analyzed.

  • 51% of voters favor the use of our taxes to provide college tuition free for students who go to college, 36% opposed and 13% were undecided.
  • 52% of voters favor increasing enforcement of immigration laws at US borders with 31% opposed and 17% undecided.
  • 53% of voters favor a Medicare-for-all plan open to anyone who wants it with 31% opposed and 16% undecided.
  • 44% of voters oppose the federal government ensuring a basic income for every adult in the United States, 39% favor and 17% were undecided.
  • 53% of voters think that the recreational use of Marijuana should be legal, 38% said no and 10% were unsure.
  • 54% of voters plan to have a flu vaccine shot this winter, 35% said no and 11% were unsure.
  • 74% of voters watched all or some part of the Supreme Court Confirmation hearing last week where Dr. Christine Blasse Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate, 17% did not watch and 9% are not following the story at all.
    • Of voters following the story 54% believe Dr. Ford and 46% believe Judge Kavanaugh
    • Of voters who watched the hearing, 53% believe Ford, 47% believe Kavanaugh
    • Of voters who did not watch the hearing but are following, 60% believe Ford and 40% believe Kavanaugh


The national Emerson College e-Poll was conducted October 1-4, 2018 under the Supervision of Professor Spencer Kimball. The sample consisted of registered voters, n=1,000, with a Credibility Interval (CI) similar to a poll’s margin of error (MOE) of +/- 3.2 percentage points. The data was weighted by gender, ethnicity, 2016 voter model, party affiliation, region and mode. It is important to remember that subsets based on gender, age, party breakdown, ethnicity and region carry with them higher margins of error, as the sample size is reduced. Data was collected using both an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system of landlines only (n=500) and an online panel provided by Survey Monkey (n=500)

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