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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 21% 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 -20.

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

We take a look at another big one today. See our latest numbers from the red-hot Senate race in Arkansas at noon Eastern. GOP pickup or no?

How many Americans have taken the Ice Bucket Challenge? Check back at 1 pm today.

Most voters think religious tolerance is a one-way street in the Muslim world, but not in this country. 

It’s been five years since the president made a high-profile speech in Cairo reaching out to the Islamic world. But few voters think America’s relationship with the Islamic world has gotten any better since then, and many blame U.S. policies.

What do voters think America should do about the radical Islamic terrorist who beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley on an Internet video?

Now that’s he past the primary, what are incumbent Republican Sean Parnell’s chances for reelection as governor of Alaska?

(More to come)

Most voters continue to support spending cuts in every program of the federal government but think it’s less likely than ever that government spending actually will be reduced anytime soon.

Fifty-one percent (51%) expect higher interest rates a year from now. Perhaps that’s because 50% aren’t confident the Fed can keep those rates down.

Republicans have edged ahead of Democrats on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot.

(More below)

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 +/- 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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