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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 29% of all likely voters who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 37% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -8.

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

For those who are wondering, here’s how we do our polls. 

Barring an act of God, both major political parties now have their presidential nominees, and the mud’s about to fly.

Even before the votes were counted in yesterday’s Indiana primaries, most Republicans said Ted Cruz and John Kasich should quit the race for their party’s presidential nomination. Cruz quit last night. Democrats, on the other hand, aren’t so eager for Bernie Sanders to drop out.

The economy is sure to be central to this year’s presidential race, and younger voters may be a deciding factor. We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today how Americans rate the job prospects for this year’s college graduates.

Just 29% of voters say the country is heading in the right direction.

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Americans often embrace an idea or an issue in theory, but Rasmussen Reports’ surveying finds that they’re a bit more reluctant to put their money where their mouth is.

Voters appear to be moving away from the idea that the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted as written and are now more likely to feel the nation's foundational document should change with the times.

Fifty-one percent (51%) think this president has been less faithful to the U.S. Constitution than his predecessors in the Oval Office. Only 19% say Obama has been more faithful to the Constitution than previous presidents when taking executive actions.

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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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