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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 30% of 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 -10.

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Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters say the country is headed in the right direction.  

And the winner of last night’s debate is? 

Voters are pretty convinced the debate moderators will be helping Hillary Clinton more than Donald Trump.

Which presidential candidate is more likely to raise taxes and government spending? We’ll tell you what voters think at 10:30.

The economy remains the number one issue for voters this election cycle, but Republicans are a lot more worried about national security than Democrats and unaffiliated voters are. 

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Voters think Clinton and the president are more likely to side with the protestors in situations like the recent one in Charlotte, N.C., but strongly believe Trump is on the side of the cops.

Last week’s protests in Charlotte followed the shooting by police of a black man. Similar protests and mob violence following police shootings has broken out in several cities over the past couple years. Sixty percent (60%) of voters think comments critical of the police made by some politicians make it more dangerous for police officers to do their job

The FBI reports that murders and violent crime were up in the United States last year. Thirty-three percent (33%) of Americans told us last November that crime in their community had increased; just 10% said crime was down.

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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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