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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 21% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18.

Just 38% of Democrats Strongly Approve of the president’s job performance. Two-out-of-three Republicans (67%) Strongly Disapprove. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, 17% Strongly Approve of the job Obama is doing, while 44% Strongly Disapprove.

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Obamacare remains the law of the land, but most voters still don’t like the national health care law. 

The just disclosed deaths of two hostages, one an American, in a drone strike on an al-Qaeda compound in Pakistan is raising questions again about the use of the unmanned aircraft. We’ll tell you what voters think of U.S. drone use at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

Congress is debating whether to give the president more power to negotiate free trade deals with other countries. Americans are a little less enthusiastic about free trade, even though they admit it’s better for consumers. But they’re also more likely now to see it as a job killer.

Nearly two-out-of-three Americans believe there is too much government power and too little individual freedom in the United States today.

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Republicans have a one-point lead on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot.

Each time a new candidate enters the presidential race, his or her name jumps in the polls. That’s because at this early stage of the presidential campaign season, name recognition is everything.

See “What They Told Us” in surveys last week.

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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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