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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-eight percent (48%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 28% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 38% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10.

Regular updates are posted Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m.Eastern  (sign up for free daily e-mail update). 

This Fourth of July weekend, Americans will celebrate the independence of the United States of America, and most say they wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else. 

The tables have turned in this week’s White House Watch, with Donald Trump surging ahead of Hillary Clinton

Following the release this week of the final report by the special congressional committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, nearly half of voters believe then-Secretary of State Clinton lied to the families of those who died there

Republicans have a lot more confidence in Trump’s honesty than Democrats do in Clinton's

In recent months, much of the public debate surrounding Benghazi has focused on the discovery of Clinton’s use of a private, non-government e-mail server while she was secretary of State. Most voters believe it’s likely Clinton broke the law by sending and receiving classified information through the server, but they are far less convinced that serious charges will be brought against her. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced today that she will not overrule prosecutors and the FBI if they want to indict Clinton - after Republicans questioned a private meeting Lynch had earlier in the week with Clinton’s husband. 

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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren joined Hillary Clinton on the presidential campaign trail earlier this week, fueling speculation of an all-woman national ticket. But most voters - including Democrats and women - say a vice presidential nomination for Warren wouldn't help Clinton's chances for the White House

Some prominent female supporters of Clinton have said women have an obligation to vote for a woman candidate. Most voters, especially women, strongly reject that notion and say it's more important where the candidate stands on the issues. 

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter formally announced yesterday that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military. When he first said last year that the transgender policy was under consideration, 45% approved. Nearly as many (42%), however, opposed allowing people who identify with and want to live as the opposite sex to serve openly in the military.

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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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