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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-four percent (54%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 22% 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 -19.

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

The president yesterday celebrated the fifth anniversary of Congress’ passage of his national health care law, but voters stilt take a pretty dim view of Obamacare. 

The head of the Internal Revenue Service acknowledged recently that his agency has fielded less than half of taxpayer telephone calls this year because of its new responsibilities policing the health care law. But voters still strongly believe the IRS should concentrate on tax collection instead.

Obama also announced yesterday that he is delaying the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan at the request of the new Afghani president. Here’s how voters feel about America’s longest-running war these days.

The U.S. government last year agreed to release five Taliban leaders from the Guantanamo terrorist prison camp in exchange for the one U.S. military prisoner of war being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Now the Army is charging that ex-POW, Bowe Bergdahl, with desertion. Most voters opposed the Bergdahl swap at the time.

The Obama administration has accused Israel of spying on its nuclear negotiations with Iran. We’ll tell you what voters think of that charge at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

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Find out at noon what voters think of Senator Ted Cruz, the first official entrant in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

Hillary Clinton is still by far the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. So who do voters think has been the best secretary of State in the last 10 years –Clinton, John Kerry or Condoleezza Rice?

More voters than ever believe a cyberattack would do more damage to this country than a traditional military attack.

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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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