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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-two percent (52%) disapprove (see trends).

Fifty-six percent (56%) of men disapprove of the job the president is doing. Women are almost evenly divided.

The latest figures include 23% of all Likely Voters 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.

Rasmussen Reports is not polling over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, so these results will not be updated again until 9:30 a.m. Eastern on Monday (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

Would the Founding Fathers consider the United States a success or a failure? We’ll tell you what Americans think at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

Thirty-three percent (33%) say they are likely to go shopping to take advantage of Black Friday sales.

How many plan to use their credit cards for holiday shopping? 

Americans are in a more generous mood this holiday season, but they’re off to a slower start when it comes to shopping.

What do Americans think about Black Friday, the biggest spending day of the year, and the commercial frenzy in the weeks ahead?

(More below)

An overwhelming number of Americans say they have a lot to be thankful for.

Ninety-two percent (92%) think it’s important to be a U.S. citizen, with 75% who say it is Very Important.

But just 26% of voters think the country is headed in the right direction.

(More to come)

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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