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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday 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 23% 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 -16.

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How are the top two presidential contenders doing? Look for our new Trump Change number at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

Next Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate is already a win for Hillary Clinton. 

Here they come, ready or not. In reaction to the Middle Eastern refugees flooding into Europe, the Obama administration plans to increase the total number of refugees allowed to resettle here to 185,000 over the next two years. Voters don’t approve and think the thousands of Syrian refugees included in that number are a threat to America’s national security.

Voters already question whether the government is focusing enough on the threat of radical Islamic terrorism here at home, and 68% think any decision by the federal government to allow large numbers of refugees to enter the United States should require the approval of Congress before it can be enacted.

Many of the refugees trying to enter Europe claim they are fleeing the Syrian civil war. Russia has increased its military presence in that conflict to help its ally, embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and to fight the growing presence of the radical Islamic group ISIS. Some lawmakers are proposing that the U.S. military establish a no-fly zone in Syria to protect civilians in that civil war-torn country, and voters here tend to think that’s a good idea. But they also worry that it may lead to a U.S.-Russian military conflict.

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Now the House’s number two Republican, Kevin McCarthy, is out of the race to be the next House speaker. Will John Boehner stay? Is the GOP on the brink of civil war?

Americans continue to be diligent about their medical checkups, and slightly fewer report they’ve been scolded by their doctor for unhealthy habits.

Something about the past year must have been good for Americans because more are reporting better health than they have in quite some time.

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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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