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Rasmussen: Trump approval rating at 52% among likely voters

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With five days until Election Day, Rasmussen Reports’ Thursday edition of its daily presidential approval rating survey reports that 52% of likely voters approve of President Donald Trump’s job performance, whereas 47% disapprove.

The survey, which was sponsored by the conservative news site Liberty Nation, also found that 40% “strongly approve” while 40% “strongly disapprove.”

“Daily tracking results,” according to Rasmussen, “are collected via telephone surveys of 500 likely voters per night and reported on a three-day rolling average basis.”

In addition to that, “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,” its states.

On the other hand, Gallup, who released their most recent study on Thursday too, instead found his rating to be at 46%. Notably, however, it found that 52% of American adults approved of Trump’s handling of the economy, his strongest subject area. This survey polled 1,018 American adults between October 16 to 27, and it has a 4-point margin of error.

As for why the ended up with different results could be for a whole cornucopia of reasons.

The most likely of these reasons is the fact that both entities employ different strategies than each other in their respective surveys. While Rasmussen only polls likely voters in its daily approval rating surveys, Gallup polls Americans adults in a broader sense.

Their differing political leanings could also be a major factor. Historically, while Gallup generally falls in the political center, though some would argue that it skews more liberal, Rasmussen tends to skew more conservative.

Whatever the true answer might be, the real survey happens Tuesday, November 3.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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FBI punishing employees who attended Jan 6 rally by revoking security clearances

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The official Twitter account of the GOP House Judiciary Committee released an alarming warning: “Whistleblowers alert that the FBI appears to be attempting to terminate the employment of employees who were engaged in protected First Amendment activity on January 6, 2021.”

A letter from ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), to FBI Director Christopher Wray, addresses how several whistleblowers exposed the FBI of stripping employees of security clearances.

The letter cites claims of multiple whistleblowers who say the FBI has been purposely punishing those who attended then-president Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6, 2021, by revoking their clearances. Reportedly many of them did not even enter the U.S. Capitol.

“While FBI employees may not participate in partisan political campaigns, [they] do not give up their rights to engage in political speech activity,” wrote Jordan. “We have serious concerns that the FBI appears to be retaliating against employees for engaging in political speech disfavored by FBI leadership,” he added.

The primary whistleblower is described as a 20-year veteran of the FBI and U.S. military. Jordan believes the FBI’s actions could potentially result in the administrative extermination of the individuals’ employment because the FBI requires top-secret security clearances for majority of its employees.

Jordan has required that the FBI brief the committee on the security clearances matter by May 20.

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