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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 48% 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 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14.

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

Look for our latest numbers on Hillary Clinton at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

The Heartbleed bug has reportedly jeopardized the security of a number of major web sites, but 49% say the security problem will have no impact on how much they use the Internet for business and other financial transactions. 

Sixty-five percent (65%) of regular Internet users are at least somewhat confident in the security of online banking and other financial transactions on the Internet, although that includes only 17% who are Very Confident. But 75% have had to change Internet passwords because of security concerns.

A recent study says the average U.S. family spent $1,139 on a high school prom in 2013, and 84% of Americans think that’s too much.

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Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Americans planned to have their federal income taxes filed by yesterday’s deadline. But 53% question the fairness of the U.S. tax system.

Just 16% of voters think most members of Congress pay most of their taxes 

Democrats lead Republicans by two points on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot.

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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 +/- 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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