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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 26% 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 -14.

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

Two federal inspectors general have asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server while she was secretary of State. Are voters still concerned about this potential national security threat? Do they think the Justice Department will investigate? We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

Or is this just another case of the media’s obsession with political controversy? 

The e-mail story just won’t go away. The same goes for the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups first disclosed a couple years ago. Republicans want heads to roll at the IRS, while the president insists nothing happened. But voters still think something criminal was going on at the IRS and are even more suspicious of what Obama knew about it. 

Despite its recent victory in the U.S. Supreme Court, the president’s health care law is still disliked by most voters, too. 

The number of voters who think the country is heading in the right direction is trending down again. 

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Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush last week proposed cutting the number of federal employees by 10% as part of his budgetary assault on what he calls "Mount Washington." Are voters on board?

Most voters disagreed with Bush’s recent assertion that Americans need to work harder to get the U.S. economy back on track

Nearly 20 years ago, President Bill Clinton declared the era of big government over. Two decades later, voters wish that were true. 

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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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