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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday 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 33% 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 -6.

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Bill Clinton used to tell voters during his 1992 campaign for the presidency that they would be getting "two for the price of one" if he was elected, referring to his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton. Voters are strongly convinced that they'll get the same deal if Mrs. Clinton is elected to the White House this fall.  

Does America think the former president is ready to be the nation’s first First Man?

Apparently conventions don’t mean much. The major party nominees remain deadlocked in our latest weekly White House Watch survey. However, this survey was taken prior to Clinton’s acceptance speech at last night’s Democratic National Convention.

Just 54% of voters still favor the presidential candidate they liked at the beginning of the year.

Despite complaints from progressives in her party, Clinton’s decision to make Virginia Senator Tim Kaine her running mate makes little difference to voters.

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More Americans favor requiring police officers to wear body cameras while on duty but still tend to believe they will protect the cops more than those they deal with.

Despite the continuing national debate over police conduct, only 14% of Americans think most deaths that involve the police are the fault of the policeman. More Americans than ever (72%) rate the performance of the police in the area where they live as good or excellent.

The summer Olympics are just over a week away, and Americans are gearing up to watch even though they suspect many of the participating countries are cheating. 

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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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