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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 percent (50%) disapprove (see trends).

Fifty-one percent (51%) of women approve of the job the president is doing; 54% of men disapprove.

The latest figures include 26% of all Likely Voters who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 38% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12.

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

Another day, another Republican in the presidential race. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is expected to announce his candidacy today. We’ll tell you how GOP voters rate his chances later this week.

Just 26% of all voters think the country is heading in the right direction, tying the low for the year first reached in April.

It’s an age thing. At 10:30 a.m. today, we’ll take a closer look at those who favor and oppose the U.S. Supreme Court’s surprise rulings last week in favor of same-sex marriage and Obamacare.

The court put a crimp in the Obama administration’s war on global warming yesterday by blocking Environmental Protection Agency regulations intended to limit emissions from coal-fired power plants. Generally speaking, most voters approve of such regulations, provided they meet with Congress’ approval. They don’t care much for the EPA acting on its own.

The court also announced yesterday that it wants to take another look at affirmative action policies that use race as a determining factor in college admissions. Just 25% are fans of these policies; 60% of Americans think it is better for higher education in the United States if colleges and universities accept only the most qualified students for admission

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Most voters continue to believe the federal government is a supporter, not an opponent, of illegal immigration.

The president has announced a new rule – likely not to be implemented until next year – that will make millions more eligible for overtime. When we asked about this idea a year ago, only 37% believed it would help the economy. 

The rogue Internet site WikiLeaks last week released its latest batch of illegally obtained classified U.S. documents, this time showing that America has spied on the last three French presidents. Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters consider the leaking of these classified documents to be an act of treason.

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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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