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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 31% of 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 -8.

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

Now that both political parties have their official nominees, we’ll let you know at 10:30 a.m. today how voters rate the primary process and the candidate debates. Did they change any minds or are voters sticking with the candidates they initially preferred?

Less that half of Democrats feel Hillary Clinton has done enough to win over supporters of her primary rival Senator Bernie Sanders, but most voters in their party still think there's a good chance Sanders supporters will back Clinton in the fall

Former President Bill Clinton was the star of last night’s Democratic National Convention, but do voters think he is ready to be the country’s first First Man if his wife wins the White House? 

Following last week’s Republican National Convention, Donald Trump has a slight lead over Clinton in the key state of Nevada.

Republican Joe Heck holds a nine-point lead over Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto in our first look at the race to replace retiring U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid

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Voters still prefer cable news over the big three traditional television networks when it comes to political news, and Fox continues to lead the pack. Which political party a voter is affiliated with also remains a key indicator of his or her viewing habits.

Television, primarily cable, still reigns supreme for political news among voters.  

As in previous presidential election cycles, voters expect most reporters covering political campaigns to help their favorite candidates and think it's far more likely they will help the Democrat than the Republican. Forty-nine percent (49%) think most reporters are biased against Trump, while only 18% believe most are biased against Clinton. 

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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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