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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 24% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17.

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

Look for our first numbers on the New Mexico governor’s race at noon Eastern today.

Just 26% of voters think the United States is heading in the right direction.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) think the United States is a more divided nation than it was four years ago, but who do they blame?

And who do Americans blame for the shootdown last week of a passenger airliner? Was it deliberate or a horrible accident? 

It’s a bit of a surprise that voters want to cut U.S. aid to the Palestinians and to Israel to force the two sides to the peace table.

(More to come)

Voters still rate the president poorly when it comes to his handling of health care

First Lady Michelle Obama wants the government to encourage us to eat better, but most Americans don’t want the feds in their shopping carts.

Americans are awfully pessimistic these days about their chances to make more money.

(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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