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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 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19.

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

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Some schools continue to ban Halloween costumes and candy, but most Americans still disagree with those policies.

We’ll be releasing our final polls in a number of key races today and through the weekend, so keep checking back. Look for new numbers on the Senate races in Alaska and Iowa at noon and 1 p.m. Eastern respectively today. We’ll let you know how Scott Brown is doing in his challenge of Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire at 2.

See our final numbers out of the Senate races in Arkansas and North Carolina and the contest to be the next governor of Arkansas.

Find out at 10:30 a.m. today if voters still think Republicans are going to take control of the Senate.

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Belief that the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror has fallen to its lowest level ever.

Should the president campaign in your state?

Heading into the midterm elections, just 26% of voters think the nation is heading in the right direction

(More to come)

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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