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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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New York City Dems Push Law to Allow 800,000 Non-Citizens to Vote in Municipal Elections

The New York City Council will vote on December 9 on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections

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New York’s Democratic party is battling over the constitutionality of voter laws. On December 9, the New York City Council will vote on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections.

“Around 808,000 New York City residents who have work permits or are lawful permanent residents would be eligible to vote under the legislation, which has the support of 34 of 51 council members, a veto-proof majority” reports Fox News.

“It’s important for the Democratic Party to look at New York City and see that when voting rights are being attacked, we are expanding voter participation,” Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, a sponsor of the bill and Democrat who represents the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, told the New York Times. Rodriguez immigrated from the Dominican Republic and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

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Laura Wood, Chief Democracy Officer for the mayor’s office, said at a hearing on the bill in September that the law could violate the New York State Constitution, which states that voters must be U.S. citizens age 18 or older.

Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated he could veto the bill following the September hearing.
“We’ve done everything that we could possibly get our hands on to help immigrant New Yorkers—including undocumented folks—but…I don’t believe it is legal,” de Blasio told WNYC radio at the time.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams, however, submitted testimony to the September hearing in favor of the bill. “In a democracy, nothing is more fundamental than the right to vote and to say who represents you and your community in elected office…Currently, almost one million New Yorkers are denied this foundational right.”

The legislation was first introduced two years ago, but had not yet gained traction due to the legal concerns.

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