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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday 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 25% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14.

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

We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today how the Democratic presidential field for 2016 stacks up at this early stage.

Hillary Clinton’s most serious challenger so far is Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. How do Clinton and Warren fare among Democratic voters in a one-on-one matchup? 

Generally, at this stage of the game, it’s mostly about name recognition, and Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, is the leader in the race to be his party’s standard-bearer in 2016. 

Democrats have a three-point lead over Republicans on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot

More than half of voters still believe America can end its dependence on foreign oil

Most continue to think development of shale oil reserves through the controversial process of fracking will lead to energy independence. 

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Voters think the terrorists, not the United States and its allies, are winning the War on Terror

Following the death of King Abdullah, fewer U.S. voters view Saudi Arabia as an enemy of the United States, but most believe it hasn’t been aggressive enough in fighting radical Islamic terrorism

Many Americans worry that an attack like the one recently in Paris on those critical of Islam could take place in this country in the near future.  Even before that incident, 86% of voters said radical Islamic terrorism is a threat to the United States

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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 400 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 1,200 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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