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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 47% 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 through Friday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

Expectations that Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee fell last week following his second-place finish in the Iowa caucus. How will Trump’s big win in the New Hampshire primary impact our latest Trump Change survey? Find out at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

Many in the conservative establishment including prominent commentators and the editors of National Review magazine say Trump is not a conservative, but what do voters think?  

Two senior Republican senators have called for the Justice Department to step aside and choose an independent special prosecutor to decide whether Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted for mishandling classified information. Most voters think that’s the way to go to avoid any possible conflict of interest. 

Prominent female supporters of Clinton declared over the weekend that women voters have an obligation to vote for a woman candidate, but women overwhelmingly reject that notion.

Many pundits are claiming Clinton won her latest debate with Bernie Sanders last night after being smashed earlier in the week in the New Hampshire primary. Forget New Hampshire: The November election is still shaping up as Clinton vs. Trump.

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Senior Senate Democrats are proposing that taxpayers provide free lawyers to illegal immigrants to help them stay in this county. But 61% of voters already believe the government is not aggressive enough in deporting those who are in this country illegally

Just 27% think the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror.

Voters think Obama should focus on terrorism for the remainder in his time in the White House.

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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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