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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 26% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16.

Regular updates are posted Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). But Rasmussen Reports will be taking a break for Thanksgiving. New job approval numbers for the president will next be posted on Monday morning.

Americans earn a brief day of rest for Thanksgiving – unless, of course, they’re working in the kitchen. Then it’s Black Friday. One-in-three plan on braving the crowds of holiday shoppers that day.

Americans are already shopping at a faster pace this holiday season than they have in the past several years.

We suspect we’ll find at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today that they’ll be more vigilant this Thanksgiving weekend, too, because of the terrorist threat.

Even before the attacks in Paris, voters were less confident in their safety here at home than they have ever been

Confidence in the direction of the country has fallen back in the first full-week survey since the events in Paris.

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Since it was announced that at least two of the terrorist killers in Paris used the Syrian refugee crisis as a cover for their movements, the political debate over the president’s plan to bring 10,000 refugees from Syria to this country next year has exploded.

Obama met yesterday with French President François Hollande to discuss how to combat the radical Islamic State group (ISIS). Forty-nine percent (49%) of U.S. voters think the United States should formally declare war on ISIS as part of an international coalition.

As the international effort to eliminate ISIS intensifies, voters here are less skeptical of taking Russia on as an ally.

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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.

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