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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 23% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16.

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A federal appeals court yesterday reinforced the legal hold on the president’s plan to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation. The Obama administration is likely to take its case to the U.S. Supreme Court, so we’ll tell you at 1 p.m. Eastern today what voters think of the high court.

Most voters still don’t like the president’s amnesty plan,  but Hillary Clinton has vowed to take it even further if she is elected president next year.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) now consider illegal immigration a serious problem in America today, and as they have for years, most voters think gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers already living in the United States.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters prefer a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes over a more active one with more services and higher taxes.

But 41% say their state government is now too big.  Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters in states run mostly by Democrats feel that way. 

Most voters also say their state’s budget picture hasn't improved, even though they're much more likely to be paying higher rather than lower taxes these days.

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Oops. The Internal Revenue Service has just admitted that private data from the tax returns of 100,000 Americans has been stolen by hackers. Even before this incident, just 40% of voters had a favorable opinion of the IRS.

Only 19% now trust the federal government to do the right thing all or most of the time.

Just 25% of voters rate Obamacare as a success so far.

Higher education has long been a booming business in the United States, but with record student debt and a difficult jobs picture, many are wondering if they are getting their money's worth from college these days. 

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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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