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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 23% 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 -18.

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

Georgia Republicans finally have a Senate candidate after Tuesday’s hard-fought runoff. We’ll see how winner David Perdue stacks up against Democrat Michelle Nunn at noon Eastern today.

Most Americans continue to believe crime is a serious problem in America. Are more cops the answer? 

Baltimore is just about to institute one of the strictest youth nighttime curfew laws in the country. Are curfews the answer instead? 

As for the nation’s overall security, the president continues to earn mediocre marks from voters.

We’ll tell you what voters think the president should do about Russia at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.

(More to come)

Our first numbers out of the New Mexico governor’s race are quite a surprise.

Do Americans think it is still possible for just about anyone in this country to work hard and get rich? 

Just 26% of voters think the United States is heading in the right direction.

(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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