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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%) also disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 25% 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 -15.

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

Voters aren’t happy with the president’s veto of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and want Congress to keep doing what it wants even if the president doesn’t like it. 

The next confrontation is over the president’s decision to exempt up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation. The House has approved funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that does not include money for the president’s amnesty plan, but Obama has vowed to veto any budget that doesn’t include that money. Voters agree that Obama’s action is illegal and want Congress to stop it, but they’re evenly divided over whether a partial shutdown of the DHS is the way to do it.

In a clear rejection of the president's handling of the Iranian nuclear issue, congressional Republicans have invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress despite outspoken White House opposition. Do voters think it's right for political opponents to criticize the president's foreign policy?

We’ll tell you on Monday whether voters think Netanyahu should speak to Congress next week even though the president doesn’t want him to come.

How confident are voters that Obama and the GOP-led Congress can work together? Find out at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

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A lack of discipline in the public schools remains a major problem, but Americans tend to see inadequate funding as the biggest concern.

Support for gay marriage has fallen to its lowest level in over a year.

You’d be surprised how many Americans have already paid their income taxes and are expecting a refund.

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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 400 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 1,200 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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