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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 20% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -23.

Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

Belief that the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror has fallen to its lowest level in over 10 years of regular tracking. 

Just 24% of voters now think the country is heading in the right direction, the lowest finding since last November.

As the Obama administration secretly moves thousands of young illegal immigrants to locations around the country, we asked voters what they think about this latest immigration crisis. We’ll let you know what they said at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

Look for our first numbers on the Michigan governor’s race at noon Eastern.

Democratic Congressman Gary Peters has taken the lead over Republican Terri Lynn Land in Michigan’s U.S. Senate race.

(More to come)

While the Rasmussen Employment Index shows a slight lessening of worker confidence in July, more working Americans than ever are optimistic they will be earning more money a year from now.

Americans continue to have a very jaundiced view of government anti-poverty programs.

How much does a candidate’s race, sex or appearance matter to voters?

(More below)

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 +/- 3 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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