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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 23% 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 -18.

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

One-out-of-three Americans think they’ll be among the holiday shopping crowds this Black Friday, but there’s still not much enthusiasm for going to stores that begin their sales early on Thanksgiving Day.

Americans are in a more generous mood this holiday season, but they’re off to a slower start when it comes to shopping.

But 72% think stores start the Christmas season too early.

See “What They Told Us” in surveys last week. 

(More below)

In Ferguson, Missouri, it’s the calm before the storm as everyone awaits the grand jury’s decision in the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown. Americans don’t expect the white police officer who killed Brown to be charged with murder.

Our first survey of the Louisiana Senate runoff shows Republican challenger Bill Cassidy comfortably ahead of incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu. The vote is on Saturday, December 6.

Voters think Google, Apple and Facebook spy on them more than the government does.

(More to come)

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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