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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 24% 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 -17.

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Fox News announces later today which 10 Republican presidential candidates will be in the A-level debate on Thursday. The remaining hopefuls will be in a separate session earlier that day.

Our count as of late last week shows the GOP debate line-up as Donald Trump, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, John Kasich and Rand Paul, with one of four others squeaking in.

If “The Donald” loses the Republican presidential nomination and runs as a third-party candidate, he definitely could put a crimp in GOP hopes to reclaim the White House. 

Planned Parenthood narrowly escaped a federal funding cutoff yesterday when its opponents couldn’t get enough votes to stop a filibuster on the Senate floor. After videos about Planned Parenthood’s sale of the body organs of aborted babies began surfacing last month, most voters said they were opposed to the practice, but just over half (53%) still expressed a favorable opinion of the organization.

Conservatives complain that the killing of Cecil the Lion in Africa has gotten more attention from the media than the videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of fetal body organs, but both stories are being widely followed.

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Find out at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today how voters feel about Hillary Clinton’s aggressive plan to fight global warming and how important it is to their vote next year.

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Likely U.S. Voters now think the country is heading in the right direction.

The president’s monthly job approval rating was up two points in July but remains in the negative mid-teens.

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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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